As things become more normal as we move out of this COVID-19 pandemic, we’re again happy to advertise events in which our members are taking part, provided that they have some general musical or theatrical interest, and to showcase shows and concerts being run by other local societies. All we need is to have information and an image, and preferably also a web link.

As soon as you have an event to share, please email Martin.

More music from Willie’s friends!

Many of you will know that Willie Campbell, our Princess Ida MD, also directs the Kingdom Singers, a choir where others of our Society are members. Fresh from the pleasures of Castle Adamant, Willie and the Kingdom Singers invite you to their Spring Concerts at Gillespie Memorial Church at 7.30pm on Thursday 26 May and Friday 27 May. A very mixed repertoire of music and even a glass of wine or fruit juice at the interval!

Tickets can be ordered from any choir member, through their Facebook page, via email (ku.oc.evilnull@sregnismodgnik), or by phoning 07793 564335 and leaving a message – your call will be returned.  Tickets are £10, which includes refreshments, but schoolchildren are free. [For those of you coming to the AGM tomorrow, why not ask Willie for a ticket!]

Recovering connections

Tickets are selling fast for the Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society (KOS) spring “Recovering Connections” concert at the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy, on Sunday 20 March at 3:00pm. The programme of music is that originally planned for the spring concert in 2020, and includes Danzon No. 2 by Arturo Marquez, Concerto for Orchestra (Old Kirk Concerto No. 2) by John Gourlay, Benjamin Britten’s Five Courtly Dances from Gloriana and a wind band presentation of the march HRH Duke of Cambridge by Malcolm Arnold.

All tickets must be booked and paid for in advance of this event as KOS will not be selling tickets on the day, so buy your tickets now from Ellen Patrick.

More details on the flier linked to the image.

Recovering connections

Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society, Fife’s Community Orchestra, is very much still in business despite the pandemic, and working towards its Christmas concert at 3.00pm on Saturday 12 December  in the Orchestra’s home, the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy. You’ll be able to enjoy a pleasant Christmas-themed programme, for which John Gourlay (who plays oboe in the DGASS orchestra in normal times, so not 2022!) has written a specially-commissioned work – “We Wish You a Merry Fugue”.

Note that this year, because of understandable nervousness about large numbers, there is just one concert, rather than the usual two, and there will be no choir, no narration and no communal singing. Just music!  Important to note is that there are limited numbers of tickets available, and these have to be pre-booked, so buy your tickets now from Ellen Patrick!

Further details on the poster linked to the image.

Music on Sundays

The Dunfermline Arts Guild series of chamber music concerts – “Music on Sundays” – has been a casualty of COVID-19, but we’re delighted that there’s a special concert at 7:30pm on Sunday 14 November. Their usual venue at the Carnegie Hall Studio is currently closed, so the concert will take place in nearby Viewfield Baptist Church.

GAIA are an award-winning violin and cello duo, combining two of Scotland’s most distinguished chamber musicians – Katrina Lee and Alice Allen. GAIA are winners of Chamber Music Scotland’s highly competitive and prestigious two-year residency, and the Arts Guild have been fortunate to secure a date on their tour of Scotland. The programme combines well-known pieces by Corelli and Ravel with interesting compositions by an overlooked female composer and a new commission from Sally Beamish. Bring your facemask and £12 and be prepared to enjoy a stimulating evening. Better still, book in advance. All the details you need are at this link.

Next appearance

Pirates 2023

Your next chance to see the Society on stage will be on 16–18 February 2023, when we are back at Carnegie Hall, Dunfermline, for our twice-delayed 50th anniversary production of The Pirates of Penzance.

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