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.