Although the ‘K’ in KOS refers to Kirkcaldy – Orchestral Society, the strapline ‘Fife’s Community Orchestra’ is a far more descriptive title with members of the group coming from all parts of Fife (Edinburgh as well) and the players reflecting a wide range of experience and age. Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society has for many years now operated at a high level of expertise and performance while also embracing engagement in the community through specific projects. Up to seven events feature in the Orchestra’s annual calendar and taking its orchestral performance to different parts of Fife has become an accepted part of that calendar. In the last six years, KOS has performed in Cupar and several times in Dunfermline, those concerts in addition to the regular performances given in the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy.
In March 2019, KOS breaks new ground with a concert in Anstruther and members are looking forward to performing in The (new) Waid Academy on Friday 22nd March at 7.30pm.
The concert will be repeated on Sunday 24th March in at 3pm Kirkcaldy’s Old Kirk.
The Orchestra has been welcomed to The Waid Academy by the Rector and Community Use and the players will be excited to have a large audience to appreciate their efforts.
The full 2018/19 season has had a theme of Fact and Fiction with programme content based on music connected to theatre, stage, films and the written word. The March concerts programme includes the Overture to The Yeomen of the Guard, music from the radio – By the Sleepy Lagoon and Calling All Workers by Eric Coates as well as John Williams Olympic Spirit and Moross’s The Big Country film theme. Also featured will be a special violinist, Alison Miller from Lundin Links and a former Head Girl of The Waid Academy. With the orchestra, she will play the Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and some other short pieces.
A special mention must go to Isobel Grieve, an S6 pupil at Madras College whose composition for the orchestra ‘Paragon of Vice’ was as the result of invitation following her successful involvement last session in the KOS Schools Composition Project led by John Gourlay.
On Friday 22nd March the venue is The Waid Academy, Anstruther, 7.30pm.
On Sunday 24th March the venue is the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy, 3pm.
Tickets are available from members of the Orchestra, at the door and by phoning Maureen on 07770 332812. Ticket price includes a free programme.
The orchestra is making a special offer to school-age attenders on 22nd March – entry for £1.