In the New Year the branch will be changing venue to the Broomhill Community Church, and having had one practice session in the new surroundings, we were invited to take part in their Carol service. Not all of the members were available, but ten players participated, and we were very warmly welcomed by the church for this special event. We played a mini round the world programme, starting off with the very beautiful Appalachian Christmas Lullaby arranged by Tom Johnston, and included a contra in the bass. For the rest of our short programme we chose Alyson Lewin’s arrangement of Noél nouvelet and Il est neé, and finished with Stille Nacht played as an eight-foot consort. Our performance was very well received, and as usual, the larger recorders inparticularly brought much interest.
Despite the snow, sleet and high winds, the Glasgow Branch did manage to perform a Christmas concert at the Burrell Museum under our conductor Pamela Flanagan. This year we were joined by the Bishopton Parish Church Junior Choir, conducted by Elizabeth Jackson.
The children’s voices merged well with recorders in some of the pieces that they sang that included, Away in a Manger, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, Hark The Herald, O Little One Sweet, and Once In Royal David’s City, some of these to more unusual melodies. The passers by seemed to be intrigued and the seated audience of mums, dads and grandparents were of course very appreciative. It was quite a new experience for all of us, and one small child was so fascinated at the start by the larger instruments that they forgot to sing!
The recorder group performed, Holborne’s Pavan and Galliard, two Gavottes and Minuets by Bach arranged by Eileen Silcocks, and to round off the programme, The 12 days of Christmas arranged by Paul Clark.