The Old Kirk in Kirkcaldy was packed to the doors – twice, on the afternoon of Sunday 18th December for the ‘Winter Bits’ concerts given by Fife’s Community Orchestra, Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society.
This was the Orchestra’s second programme of their current season entitled ‘Forty Favourites, The Best Bits and Hits’.
The 60 plus strong KOS, Fife’s Community Orchestra drawing members from across Fife and Edinburgh, was joined for the occasion by the Langtoun Singers, conductor Ella Wilson, Narrator Sandra Taylor, with appropriate and colourful digital images from Anne McIntyre.
The two capacity audiences were entertained and enthralled by performances of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel Overture, JS Bach’s Pastoral Symphony and Chorale from the Christmas Oratorio and several seasonal arrangements of Christmas music by AW Benoy and Eoin Hamilton.
The traditional winter concert story with music narrated by Sandra Taylor was the catchy and poignant tale of Tom Sawyer’s Saturday by John Dankworth. In it, Tom’s Aunt Polly sets him to work whitewashing the garden fence. The crafty entrepreneur manages to persuade several of his pals to take on the work in his place meanwhile acquiring a raft of gifts and goods for the privilege.
The Langtoun Singers gave their now expected polished performance concluding with Christ-Child in the Manger, an up-beat swing number, supported by backing rhythm section – and audience handclaps!
Audience participation was extended to singing when the Orchestra accompanied them in two carols.
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 ‘The Main Bits’ on Friday 17th March in Dunfermline High School and on Sunday 19th March in the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy, while the Langtoun Singers present ‘Music in May’ on Friday 26th May in the Old Kirk.