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.