Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society Schools Composition Project 2018-2019

KOS Comp Proj 18-19 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The fifth composition project is now well under way with six young composers from Dunfermline High School and The Waid Academy, Anstruther. Annie, Beth, Chiara, Dan, Orla and Shannon are writing trios which will be performed by members of the orchestra at a special concert on Tuesday 26 March 2019 in Kirkcaldy Old Kirk.KOS Comp Proj 18-19 1


2018 Season Begins

KIRKCALDY ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY (Fife’s Community Orchestra) with members from across Fife and the Lothians opened its 2018/2019 concert season on 2nd October in the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy with FACT AND FICTION – 1, Autumn.

The Orchestra Leader is Vince Gray, and Musical Director and Conductor, Graeme Wilson.

 

Since its opening night in the middle of August, the Orchestra members have worked very hard to produce its first programme of music and the capacity audience showed its great appreciation of their efforts.

With a season of music based on stage, film, theatre and the written word, the unifying image of a typewriter features on the orchestra’s printed material. Appropriately, then, the season’s theme music is Leroy Anderson’s The Typewriter. The orchestra opened the programme with a light and bubbly performance.

 

In 2014, KOS featured Tunes from the Trenches as a commemoration of the outbreak of World War 1 and it was repeated at this year’s October concert to mark commemorations for the ending of the conflict. The music’s evocative and effective ending with the Last Post interweaved allowed the audience to reflect.

Banks of Green Willow by George Butterworth had similar connotations given his early death in the Somme in 1916.

The often traditional solo spot in the concert was filled by the KOS ensemble, six violins including guest Alison Miller, plus bass guitar and piano. The group performed four film themes in arrangements by Graeme Wilson including Schindler’s List and Toy Story.

Now fades the glimmering landscape by John Gourlay was given its first performance in the version for orchestra and was followed by the first movement of Borodin’s second symphony. The concert rounded off with the three dance scenes from The Bartered Bride energetically played by the 70-strong orchestra.

The programme presented KOS members with great challenge not the least of which was the constant playing required. The players gave a resounding assurance of their skills and power with piece after piece building on success.

KOS returns to the platform on Sunday 16th December when it joins with the Langtoun Singers for FACT AND FICTION – 2, Winter, a programme of seasonal music, including The Red Etin by John Gourlay, in the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy, performances at 2pm and 4pm.


Opening the New Season

‘FACT and FICTION’ is the title of and theme for the KIRKCALDY ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY, Fife’s Community Orchestra’s 2018/2019 busy season with the opening concert on Tuesday 2nd October. All of the music for the year has its roots on stage, screen, radio, theatre and in the written word, and with a link from all these to necessary scripts, the appropriate image of an old-fashioned typewriter is prominent on the visual publicity. Indeed, the Orchestra’s theme music for the year is Leroy Anderson’s well-known version of The Typewriter.

 

The concert will feature a tribute to the memory of all those involved in and affected by World War 1. Tunes from the Trenches was first performed by KOS in 2014 and the Orchestra is proud to repeat the composition. A further connected composition is that by WW1 soldier composer George Butterworth with a performance of his evocative Banks of Green Willow. The KOS Ensemble will treat the audience to four film themes and the programme includes the first movement of Borodin’s second symphony, completed by John Gourlay’s Now fades the glimmering landscape and the three dance scenes from Smetana’s The Bartered Bride.

 

On Tuesday 2nd October the orchestra will present this first concert of its season at 7.30pm in its permanent home of Kirkcaldy’s Old Kirk.

 

Orchestra numbers have risen lately with the arrival of some new members and almost 70 will make up the performing strength. KOS resumed for the season in mid-August and with a short preparation period, the first performance is eagerly anticipated.

 

Tickets for the concert are available from Orchestra members, by emailing kirkcaldyorchestralsociety@gmail.com or by phoning 07770 332812. Or come along on the night and pay at the door. £8 adults, £4 children. Free programme.


FACT! The new season begins.

“FACT and FICTION” is Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society’s theme for its 2018/2019 season music and programmes.

The members will reassemble on Tuesday 14th August for the new season, rehearsing in its now established new home and regular venue of Kirkcaldy’s Old Kirk, 6.45 – 9.15pm.

The selection of music for the orchestra’s work is as important for the players as it is for any potential audience and Musical Director and Conductor Graeme Wilson always has to balance these two factors in his choice of repertoire.

“FACT and FICTION” has as its basis music from the stage, screen, radio and written word with some film music, stories and theme tunes.

Plans for the year include concerts – on Tuesday 2nd October with more than a passing nod to remembrance of the end of World War 1, – on Sunday 16th December along with the Langtoun Singers and offering seasonal music and a new narrated story, – an appearance at Fife Festival of Music in February and two concerts in March. On 22nd March, KOS will perform at The Waid Academy, Anstruther and on Sunday 24th March at the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy. These two performances will feature solo violinist Alison Miller along with the orchestra in Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and other pieces. The now well established ‘Extra’ concert, featuring a mix of classical and contemporary music, will take place on 30th April.

KOS, Fife’s Community Orchestra, currently draws its members from across Fife, Edinburgh and the Lothians and always welcomes new members. There is space in most departments of the orchestra for new players to participate.

 

Further information from kirkcaldyorchestralsociety@gmail.com


Open night

KIRKCALDY ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY, Fife’s Community Orchestra, opened its doors for a successful, one-off extra rehearsal evening on Tuesday 5h June at its base, Kirkcaldy’s Old Kirk. Current members were joined by several new payers in the clarinet, percussion, viola, violin and double bass sections for the ‘Open Evening’ of music making.

 

Sight reading is the main skill in use at such an event and players were challenged with music as diverse as Borodin’s second symphony, Leroy Anderson’s Syncopated Clock and The Fife Festival Suite – this latter giving young players a real chance to participate (and all players a short passage of music to sing!). Contemporary mode was sampled too with ‘The Walker Round’ by John Gourlay.

Phil Randall delighted the orchestra with the slow movement of Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto allowing the players the role of accompanying.

 

KOS’s work for the 2018/2019 season commences on Tuesday 14th August, 6.45pm, at the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy.


OPEN EVENING 2018

Fife’s Community Orchestra, Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society, welcomes new members and players, and as prelude to the new season (starting on 14th August) is holding an OPEN EVENING on Tuesday 5th June at its base, Kirkcaldy’s Old Kirk in Kirk Wynd. KOS is open to all players without any audition and this event allows new players to try out some music and sample the atmosphere.

 

Of course the event is open to present KOS members providing a summer term opportunity for them to keep the dust off their instruments while inviting any players in the area to join in. Could be some who haven’t played for a long time, could be a new arrival in the area, could be young players setting out on the path of musical life, in fact, anyone at all with an orchestral instrument.

 

The PLACE: The Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy, KY1 1EH; the DATE: Tuesday 5th June 2018; the TIME: 6.45 pm (until 9 pm); the COST: £3.

Bring your instrument and a stand, music will be provided. There will be pieces to challenge and pieces to enjoy, some easy items for anyone unsure of their abilities. One or two of the pieces may feature in the Orchestra’s 2018/19 season so a sneak preview will be on offer. There will be something new and something old: there may even be a surprise!

Enquiries to kirkcaldyorchestralsociety@gmail.com


The Trumpets Sounded!

Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society, Fife’s Community Orchestra, gave two performances of its Spring Programme at the weekend, the first on Friday 16th March at Queen Anne High School, Dunfermline and the other in the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy on Sunday 18th March. Eager audiences were keen to hear the Orchestra’s work since Christmas with a full house at the Sunday performance.

 

The main work on the programme was the Trumpet Concerto by Bruce Fraser, one composition of three which KOS has featured this season and following Bruce’s sudden death a year ago. The Trumpet Concerto was originally written for John Wallace, Fife Youth Orchestra and Graeme Wilson, and conductor Wilson and soloists teamed up this time with KOS. Joining the solo line-up was Kate Cooper playing flugelhorn. Kate is a 4th year student at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and was delighted to join with former RCS Principal John Wallace in the concerto.

 

Other music featured in the programme presented by the 60 members of KOS included the Overture and Act 1Polka from The Bartered Bride, Cedric Thorpe Davie’s Diversions on a Tune by Dr Arne and music from the ballet Pineapple Poll which involves a potpourri of cleverly arranged music from Gilbert and Sullivan operas.

 

Work continues for KOS when on Tuesday 20th March, its Schools Composition Project concluded with an event at the Old Kirk (now home to KOS) and featuring pupils from Madras College and Woodmill High School, Dunfermline along with members of the Orchestra.

The Orchestra’s ‘Extra’ classical/contemporary concert takes place on 1st May, 7.30pm, in the Old Kirk and there is an Open Rehearsal on 5th June at 6.45pm in the Old Kirkcaldy, an evening for members, new players, orchestral musicians of all ages.

KOS resumes for the 2018/19 season on Tuesday 14th August.


March Concerts

The airwaves in Dunfermline and Kirkcaldy will be buzzing in the middle of March when Fife’s Community Orchestra, the KIRKCALDY ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY, gives forth its bright and lively programme.

With a season’s theme of … Variations on a Theme …, the Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society reaches Variation 4 and presents concerts at Queen Anne High School, Dunfermline on Friday 16th March, 7pm, and at the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy on Sunday 18th March, 3pm.

 

The main work in the programme is the Trumpet Concerto by Bruce Fraser whose sudden death a year ago shocked the musical world. In a tribute to Bruce, KOS Musical Director and Conductor Graeme Wilson has included one of Bruce’s works in each of the orchestra’s concerts this season.

The soloists will be John  Wallace, CBE, former Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, founder of The Wallace Collection etc, and Kate Cooper, a 4th year student at the RCS and a former pupil of Queen Anne High School. Conductor Graeme Wilson was Principal Teacher of Music at Queen Anne High School from 1977 until 1995.

 

The Trumpet Concerto was written for and first performed by John Wallace with Graeme Wilson and the Fife Youth Orchestra in 2002 giving four performances including at the Festivals of British Youth Orchestras in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Other works in the concerts  include the Overture and Polka from The Bartered Bride by Smetana and Pineapple Poll, Sir Arthur Sullivan’s music from G&S operas reformed into a ballet and scored by Charles Mackerras.

 

Tickets for the (Kirkcaldy and Dunfermline) concerts are £8 for adults and £4 for children (a free programme is included). These are available from Orchestra members or by phoning 07473 752369 (for Dunfermline tickets) or 07770 332812.


Fife Council Instrumental Music Service

Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society is delighted to learn that Fife Council is not to make any cuts this year to its instrumental teaching provision.

The members of the Orchestra send good wishes to all those in the Service and look forward to maintaining a strong link for many years to come.

Graeme Wilson

MD/Conductor

Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society


Some Audience Feedback, December 17 Concert

The orchestra just gets better and better

 “Has the orchestra got bigger?

It is lovely to see and hear the church resounding
with Christmas carols from a full ‘congregation’!
It’s always a pleasure to listen to the concerts – I
especially enjoyed the Nutcracker pieces as they
were in my father’s LP record collection we played
often on the gramophone as children and so very
familiar.

Old Kirk Trust Chair, Rosemary Potter.

Boy oh boy the concert today was a treat – a real touch of genius!! I hope you’ll pass on my congratulations and admiration to everyone involved on such an achievement. It was outstanding and, frankly, would be hard to better.

I’ve been telling so many people about the concert
on Sunday. I put a post on Facebook and ‘liked’ posts
by other people who’d been involved.
I thought the
orchestra made a wonderful job of ‘The Snow Queen’.
I’d forgotten how lovely it was. Sandra was just
fabulous. I heard every word too, and that’s not easy in
that acoustic. All in all a wonderful afternoon.”


Winter ’17 Press Release

Yet again, the Old Kirk was packed out twice on Sunday 17th December for Fife’s Community Orchestra, KIRKCALDYORCHESTRAL SOCIETY’s two performances – two needed to serve the audience clamour for tickets. Even the ‘House Full’ signs did not deter latecomers from seeking admission!

The 60 plus strong orchestra drawing members from across Fife and Edinburgh conducted by Graeme Wilson was joined for the occasion by The Langtoun Singers, conductor Ella Wilson, Narrator Sandra Taylor, with appropriate and colourful digital images from Anne McIntyre.

And so a warm and welcoming atmosphere set the scene for music making of the highest order. This was the second of KOS’s programmes in their current season. The music included movements from Tchaikowsky’s highly popular Nutcracker Ballet suite and The Dance of the Tumblers by Rimsky-Korsakov.
Carols were very much in evidence, first from the pen of composer John Gourlay, an intricate and charming set of French Carols used by Marc-Antoine Charpentier in his Midnight Mass. And more from John with his new arrangement of four carols for audience participation.
In keeping with tradition, KOS offered a story with music – this year, The Snow Queen.
KOS is performing three works throughout the season by recently deceased Fifer-based composer Bruce Fraser and his descriptive score for The Snow Queen with text by Jill Bennett after the Hans Christian Andersen tale appealed to the audience. The Narrator was Sandra Taylor.

The Langtoun Singers contributed strongly to the afternoon with three songs and introduced to the audiences a new carol composition by John Gourlay entitled This Child.

KOS and the Langtoun Singers can be heard again soon in Community Classes at the Fife festival of Music in the Adam Smith Theatre in the first week of February.
The orchestra’s next full performances will be ‘Variation 4, Spring’ on Friday 16th March in Queen Anne High School, Dunfermline and on Sunday 18th March in the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy, both concerts featuring the Trumpet Concerto by Bruce Fraser with soloists John Wallace and Kate Cooper.
Meanwhile, the Langtoun Singers present ‘Music in May’ on Friday 25th May in the Old Kirk.


December 17

KIRKCALDY ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY presents Variation 2 Winter, the second programme of its 2017/2018 season ‘Variations…on a Theme’ on Sunday 17th December in Kirkcaldy’s Old Kirk. There will be two performances, at 2pm and 4pm.

Much of the music on offer relates directly to Christmas time with some pieces based on carols, others with wintery connections. A main feature will be the Story of The Snow Queen set to music by the late Bruce Fraser with KOS story teller and regular narrator Sandra Taylor. There will also be the first performance of John Gourlay’s Onze Noëls Après Charpentier, arrangements of traditional French carols which Marc-Antoine Charpentier used in his Messe de Minuit pour Noël.
The programme will also feature The Langtoun Singers both on their own and leading and supporting audience carol singing. The Singers will give the first performance of a new and beautiful carol, This Child, with words and music by John Gourlay.
Other seasonal music includes two movements from The Nutcracker by Tchaikowsky and The Dance of The Tumblers from Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Snow Maiden.
Audience participation will be encouraged and welcomed in a set of four carols for massed singing.

Tickets are available from members, by contacting kirkcaldyorchestralsociety@gmail.com or by phoning 07770 332812.
The Orchestra’s first concert in October was a sell-out and full houses are anticipated on 17th December. Tickets should be secured in advance as there will be no on-the-day seating expansion over the capacity.


1st Concert of the New Season

VARIATIONS are the order of the day for KIRKCALDY ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY, Fife’s Community Orchestra.

Its first concert takes place on Tuesday 3rd October at 7.30pm in Kirkcaldy’s Old Kirk.

 

A new way of life has encompassed KOS with its recent transfer to the Old Kirk. For many years its main performing venue, Kirkcaldy’s Old Kirk has become the Orchestra’s home and rehearsal base.

 

For its 2017/18 season, Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society has a Theme of ….. Variations!! With a subtle play on words, the Orchestra has a programme plan for the year which offers variety of music, of style, of speed, with choir, solos and ensembles.

Highlighting some of the BBC’s third Ten Pieces project, in its first performance the players will perform the slow movement from Dvorak’s New World Symphony, the Hoe-Down from Rodeo (Copland) and the Theme and three variations of Elgar’s Enigma set as well as the March from Thunderbirds. The Orchestra will be joined by Eilidh Randall to play Bruch’s Romanze for viola.

After a burst of seven weeks’ rehearsal, the Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society goes public on 3rd October.

 

Last year’s challenge set for the orchestra by Musical Director and Conductor Graeme Wilson to bring to the concert a new audience member resulted in a full house – and the hope is for a repeat of that on 3rd October. The music is particularly interesting for young people and they are especially welcome.

 

Tickets for the concert are available from Orchestra members, by emailing kirkcaldyorchestralsociety@gmail.com or by phoning 07770 332812. Or come along on the night and pay at the door. £8 adults, £4 children. Free programme.


Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society, Fife’s Community Orchestra – Spreading Across Fife

Despite the Kirkcaldy title, KOS draws members from across the whole of Fife with some players crossing the Forth from Edinburgh and the Lothians.

The Orchestra is gearing up for the start of its new season of rehearsals and concerts. The opening night is Tuesday 15th August and there is a new location. No longer rehearsing at Balwearie High School, KOS is now based at Kirkcaldy’s Old Kirk in Kirk Wynd.

For many years, Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society has performed most of its concert at the Old Kirk – and already feels at home where it will now be for all its functions.

Rehearsals begin at 6.45pm on Tuesday 15th August and there will be a warm welcome for all members and an invitation to new members to attend. There is space in most departments of the orchestra for new players to participate.

Plans for the year include concerts – on Tuesday 3rd October with a selection of short popular pieces as well as Eilidh Randall playing Bruch’s Romanze for viola and orchestra – on Sunday 17th December along with the Langtoun Singers and offering seasonal music including ballet music from Nutcracker, – an appearance at Fife Festival of Music in February and two concerts in March. On 16th March, KOS will perform at Queen Anne High School, Dunfermline and on Sunday 18th March at the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy. These two performances will include the trumpet Concerto by Bruce Fraser with soloists John Wallace and Kate Cooper.


KOS on the Move

Fife’s Community Orchestra, Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society, has a new home.
From the start of the 2017/18 season, the orchestra will be based in the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy and all rehearsals will take place there.
KOS already gives most of its season’s seven performances in the Old Kirk although it does appear on the Adam Smith Theatre stage during the Fife Festival of Music and then later in a non-Kirkcaldy venue – last three years at Dunfermline High School.

Rehearsals will commence on Tuesday 15th August 2017 at 6.45pm in the Old Kirk when new players will be welcome.
The first KOS concert of the season will be on Tuesday 3rd October when a programme of popular music will be presented.


Extra, Extra, Read All About It – Better still, come and hear it!

Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society, Fife’s Community Orchestra, continues its 2016/2017 season forty Favourites, The Best Bits and Hits, with THE EXTRA BITS on Tuesday 2nd May at 7.30pm in Kirkcaldy’s Old Kirk.
The KOS Classical Orchestra will work alongside the KOS Contemporary Ensemble with Graeme Wilson and John Gourlay jointly promoting and leading the concert.

The Classical Orchestra will present Mozart’s overture to The Marriage of Figaro and the first movement of Schubert’s 5th Symphony.
In contrast, the Contemporary Ensemble will present Peter Maxwell Davies’s Renaissance Scottish Dances, three duets by John Gourlay and the two groups will combine for a performance of Les Moutons de Panurge by Frederic Rzewski.

Also featuring will be music by two of the young composers who took part in this session’s KOS Composition Project, Danielle Park of Beath High School, Cowdenbeath and Joseph Chalmers of St Columba’s RC High School, Dunfermline.

Admission is at the door, £8 – adults, £4 – children.
Take a look at our poster here


Schools Composition Project

Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society member and composer John GourlSchoolsCompositionStCols.Beath.KOSay has been working with six young composers from St Columba’s RC and Beath High Schools since September guiding them through music composition and as part of their Advanced Higher Music folio.

On 21st March at an evening event held at Beath High School, the composers heard their works performed by members of Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society. Family and friends were present for these world premieres.

Picture shows all six composers together with KOS players and John Gourlay.


Rhapsody – on the Blue notes!

Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society, Fife’s Community Orchestra, gave two performances of its Spring Programme at the weekend, the first on Friday 17th March at Dunfermline High School and the other in the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy on Sunday 19th March. Both performances attracted large audiences eager to hear the Orchestra’s work since Christmas.

The Dunfermline performance highlighted ongoing work by the Music Therapy Charity Nordoff Robbins seeking to establish a base in Dunfermline.

As part of its season ‘Forty Favourites, The Best Bits and Hits’, The Main Bits offered a wide ranging programme which featured George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with pianist Gregor Blamey. His account of the music including his improvised insertions of Gershwin classics was outstanding and greatly admired and appreciated by the audience.

The 60 plus strong KOS drawing members from across Fife and Edinburgh, was on top form as it took the audience through Bernstein’s fast and furious Candide Overture, Malcolm Arnold’s English Dances and more from Bernstein in his riotous Divertimento.
A feature of the second half was Peter Maxwell’s Davies’s An Orkney Wedding with Sunrise which concluded with the morning sun on Highland Bagpipes played by Pipe Major Tom Brown.
The concert ended with John Gourlay’s Fanfare and Fugato especially written for Graeme Wilson in 2011 and which uses as its basis some Burns melodies, a reminder for him of his youthful Ayrshire.

The concerts marked the 40th Season for Conductor Graeme Wilson and a special presentation was made at the end of the Sunday event. Orchestra Leader Vince Gray spoke war1mly of Wilson’s involvement with KOS since 1977 and on behalf of the Orchestra, the youngest current player, Lucy Clunie, presented him with a special baton case containing suitable inscription.

Work continues for KOS when on Tuesday 21st March, its Schools Composition Project concludes with an event at Beath High School and featuring pupils from there and St Columba’s RC HS, Dunfermline along with members of the Orchestra. Other forthcoming events include KOS at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh on 27 April when John Gourlay’s Five Joan Eardley Pictures will be performed, the Orchestra’s Extra Bits classical/contemporary concert on 2nd May in the Old Kirk an finally and Open Rehearsal on 6th June at Balwearie High school.
KOS resumes for the 2017/18 season on Tuesday 15th August.


Winter Bits!

The Old Kirk in Kirkcaldy was packed to the doors – twice, on the afternoon of Sunday 18th December for the ‘Winter Bits’ concerts given by Fife’s Community Orchestra, Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society.
This was the Orchestra’s second programme of their current season entitled ‘Forty Favourites, The Best Bits and Hits’.

The 60 plus strong KOS, Fife’s Community Orchestra drawing members from across Fife and Edinburgh, was joined for the occasion by the Langtoun Singers, conductor Ella Wilson, Narrator Sandra Taylor, with appropriate and colourful digital images from Anne McIntyre.

The two capacity audiences were entertained and enthralled by performances of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel Overture, JS Bach’s Pastoral Symphony and Chorale from the Christmas Oratorio and several seasonal arrangements of Christmas music by AW Benoy and Eoin Hamilton.
The traditional winter concert story with music narrated by Sandra Taylor was the catchy and poignant tale of Tom Sawyer’s Saturday by John Dankworth. In it, Tom’s Aunt Polly sets him to work whitewashing the garden fence. The crafty entrepreneur manages to persuade several of his pals to take on the work in his place meanwhile acquiring a raft of gifts and goods for the privilege.

The Langtoun Singers gave their now expected polished performance concluding with Christ-Child in the Manger, an up-beat swing number, supported by backing rhythm section – and audience handclaps!
Audience participation was extended to singing when the Orchestra accompanied them in two carols.

KOS and the Langtoun Singers can be heard again soon in Community Classes at the Fife Festival of Music in the Adam Smith Theatre in the first week of February.
The orchestra’s next full performances will be ‘The Main Bits’ on Friday 17th March in Dunfermline High School and on Sunday 19th March in the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy, while the Langtoun Singers present ‘Music in May’ on Friday 26th May in the Old Kirk.


Schools Composition Project 2016-2017

KOS Comp Proj 2016-17 bNow in its third year, Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society is continuing its project aimed at developing musical composition with Fife school pupils. The aim is to provide additional support for pupils composing for SQA folios at Advanced Higher level and to arrange for rehearsal and live performance of the resulting pieces. 
Ten members of the orchestra have volunteered to be the players for this music and six young composers from Beath High School, Cowdenbeath, and St. Columba’s RC High School, Dunfermline, have selected a combination of these instruments for their work. Danielle Park, Luke Munro, Callum Paterson, Becky McManus, Claire Miller and Joe Chalmers are now completing the first drafts of their compositions. 
KOS Comp Proj 2016-17 aAll are working under the guidance of composer and orchestra member John Gourlay and with the support of the schools’ staff Carol Madden, Sarah Crossthwaite at Beath and Ann Anderson at St. Columba’s. The culmination of the project will be a live performance and recording of all seven pieces by members of the Orchestra on 21st March.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery Performance

KOS players will be involved in a public performance at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in the spring. As part of the events connected with the Joan Eardley exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Stuart Smith, Andreas Morrison and KOS Joan Eardley players 2Katie O’Neil will give a second performance of orchestra member John Gourlay’s Five Joan Eardley Pictures. This was premièred by them in April 2016; this performance will be from 6.00-6.30pm on Thursday 27 April 2017. Other new and original art-themed music will make up the remainder of the programme.


“Some Greatest Hits”

KIRKCALDY ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY (Fife’s Community Orchestra) with members from across Fife and the Lothians opened its 2016/2017 concert season on 4th October with ‘Some Greatest Hits’, a collection of well loved compositions. The Orchestra Leader is Vince Gray, and Musical Director and Conductor, Graeme Wilson.

Starting with the season’s theme music – part of Mozart’s 40th Symphony – the programme moved through Beethoven’s 5th and his Overture to Egmont, JS Bach’s universally known Toccata and Fugue, In the Hall of the Mountain King from Peer Gynt, two short numbers from Bizet’s Carmen Suite and the Overture to Orpheus in the Underworld by Offenbach.

The programme presented KOS members with great challenge not the least of which was the constant playing required. The players gave resounding assurance of their skills and power with piece after piece building on success.

Five of the items were linked through their inclusion in the BBC Ten Pieces Project, a series of now twenty compositions aimed at primary and secondary schools’ use. Diljeet Bachau, a PhD music student currently working as an intern on the project with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra presented much of the concert while inviting the audience and orchestra to give their reactions to and experience of the Ten Pieces project.

KOS returns to the platform on Sunday 18th December when it joins with the Langtoun Singers for its ‘Winter Bits’ a programme of seasonal music in the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy, performances at 2pm and 4pm.


2016 Season is here

The Orchestra are now well into this season’s rehearsals in preparation for our concert on Tuesday the 4th of October in the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy at 7:30pm. EveKOS October '16 Concertryone is most welcome to come along, It’s Graeme’s 40th year conducting the orchestra and we’ll be playing some of his all time favourites including, Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bare Mountain, In the Hall of the Mountain King by Grieg and J.S. Bach’s amazing Toccata and Fugue in D minor to name a few.

With the orchestra gaining new members this year and growing in size, we can’t wait to perform our first concert this season.


Schools Composition Project Starts Third Year

KOS Comp Proj poster-page-001

After two very successful years the Schools Composition Project begins its 3rd year. Composer and KOS oboist, John Gourlay will visit various schools in Fife, mentoring six young composers writing their own music. The project will culminate with the composers working with musicians from KOS and finally live performances of all the pieces.


KOS cheque presentation to Dunfermline Rotary

In March 2016, Dunfermline High School joined Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society and Dunfermline Rotary Club to put on a fundraising concert for Cancer Research UK and local Rotary supported charities. Pictured are some of the senior pupils who took part and Glen Driver of the orchestra presenting Allan Mutter from the Rotary with the cheque for £1000.  Photograph courtesy of Jim Payne, photographer, Dunfermline Press.

Dunfermline High00016


Schools Composition Project 2015-16

Following the success of the Fife schools composition project piloted by Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society in 2014-15 we decided to continue the project in tKOS Comp Proj 2016 performers and composers at concerthe current school session.  John Gourlay, KOS member and composer worked with seven pupil composers from Inverkeithing, Balwearie and Auchmuty High Schools.  The pupil composers were guided through music composition as part of their Advanced Higher Music folio.

The culmination of the project was a live performance of all seven pieces by members of Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society on Monday 21 March 2016 at Inverkeithing High School.  Family and friends were present for these world premieres.