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.