Now 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.
All 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 Katie 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.