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.