In May some of the branch members played a short concert at The Erskine Homes.
Our deputy conductor, Neil Eckford, had worked hard and we had a good reception. We played great foot tapping pieces that our audience seemed to enjoy. This included Sousa’s Liberty Bell, The Playford Suite by Eileen Silcocks and a really sexy Kalymbo from The Latin American suite by David Thompson. Neil’s Bishopton Recorder Group performed Irish Lullaby by John Pitts and Ode To Joy by Beethoven. Eleven-year-old Jenny played The Pink Panther.
The whole concert was a fun performance that was enjoyed by everyone and good experience for young players.
Our Pastoral visitor in May was Colin Touchin who spent a wonderful day with us. The music was exciting and although we were pushed in one or two places we enjoyed the experience. Colin is a consummate conductor who guided us through a varied programme.
We started with Bach’s motet Lobet den Herren, which is very familiar and continued with a piece that was new to us, Kleine Suite by Werdin.
The rest of the programme included Colin Hand’s Fanfare for a Festival, some Scarlatti and a fun piece, Hot Toddy, arranged by Helen Hooker. All of the music included sections that stretched the players but this is good for everyone as under Colin’s positive guidance it spurred us on to better things.
We were pleased to welcome visitors to Glasgow and over lunch were able to take time to chat and make new friends.
It was a delightful day and thanks to Colin a rewarding one.