Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra Update – April 2017

Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra Update  –  April 2017

On Saturday 28th April the Orchestra held its 36th AGM at Kingcase Church Hall to review the past year’s activities and look forward to the future.  Wallace Galbraith, Chairman and Director, while noting the many performances within the Ayrshire Community, made special mention of the Orchestra’s International Tour last July to the USA and Canada, the great musical contributions made by 5 players at 2 House of Commons Burns Suppers in January and the superb concert last October   – The Spirit of Hope – organised by Kathleen Terras, the Orchestra’s Secretary and Director, in memory of her brother David Hope who was the Orchestra’s first percussionist , which featured Alistair McCulloch’s emotional composition ‘The Spirit of Hope’.

The Orchestra’s tradition of celebrating players’ birthdays reached a new record on Saturday when 6 players took to their chairs while Happy Birthday was duly played and sung!

Earlier in April players and parents gathered to listen to an exciting outline of the Orchestra’s  next International Tour to Japan – The Rising Sun Tour – given by Wallace and Euan Terras, Tour Manager and Director, when the Orchestra will perform in Tokyo, Kyoto, Yokohama and Nagasaki.  This July a smaller group will travel to Catalonya to perform and be hosted by players from the Conservatori Sant Cugat. The highlight of this short visit will be a Concert – the first by a String Orchestra  – in the Crypt of the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia.

The current session will end with the Orchestra’s annual Summer Concert in Ayr Town Hall on Saturday 23rd June featuring the Musical Director David Moore’s arrangement of Scotland’s unofficial National Anthem – Flower of Scotland.

On Tuesday 10th July we welcome 3 string groups from USA and Canada to the stage of Ayr Town Hall  – Dartmouth High School String Orchestra, Fiddle Frenzy from Nashville and the Regina Conservatory Strings from Saskatchewan for an evening of exciting classical and fiddle music.  Then on Friday 3rd August we are joined, again in Ayr Town Hall, by the Westwinds Music Society – featuring a Wind Band and Choir  – from Calgary to give a Concert during the Society’s Concert Tour of Scotland and Ireland.

-Mr Galbraith

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