Holmwood House

In July a small group of players who meet informally at a member’s house put together a short programme of pieces to perform in various venues around Glasgow. It is important to go out and about playing Gigs to spread the word that recorder playing can not only be fun but entertaining for the public and to show off the range of instruments.

We had our first performance in Holmwood House, a ‘Greek’ Thompson villa owned by the National Trust for Scotland. It was also our first experience of playing without a conductor, quite a different kettle of fish, no relying on a pair of arms directing the traffic!  We discovered that it really makes one listen and understand all the other parts.

We played a mixture of short pieces that included a couple of traditional songs, Blow The Wind Southerly and The Mingulay Boat Song, an old Gaelic air. By contrast there was Lyndon Hilling‘s light hearted music A Swing in the Park, and the beautiful Lascia Ch’io Pianga by G F Handel. Night Time in The Scented Garden by Ann Marshall features the lower instruments and to get the feet tapping we included Las Hanchas and Rujero Villanos, Gaspar Sanz’s Spanish dances from the 17th century.

The performance finished with Moderato by J G Sachs, a 19th century German composer and a rousing African-American spiritual Great Day arranged by Steve Marshall.

The advantage of taking this music out on the road is that the same repertoire with one or two new pieces can be used again in different venues where there is a continuous passing audience. It also means that the players, who are often busy people with many responsibilities, do not have to polish a large selection of pieces. It’s also a lot of fun and to be recommended. We have decided to call ourselves The Kinmount Players so look out Glasgow we’ll be around.

June 2015

The Glasgow branch has settled in to a new venue on the South side of the city, a big improvement from the previous one where we had an accompaniment of dripping rain through a leak in the roof. It wasn’t even keeping time with the conductor!

Early in the summer we were invited to participate in an all day performance with the Early Music Forum at the Burrell Museum. We had two slots but as it was a continuously passing audience we could repeat our repertoire for the second slot. Neil, our conductor had chosen music that showed the range of instruments. This included Palestrina’s Sicut Cervus, Symphony No.1, a lively piece by Boyce and a very good arrangement of the Alla Hornpipe from Handel’s Water Music. This seemed to go down well with our listeners and one member of the public even thought that we were a professional group. That certainly boosted our morale.

In June we hosted a very successful Pastoral visit play day with Pam Smith who literally took us by storm as we chose the worst day of the month with gales and rain. Despite the weather Pam brought a lively and cheerful presence to the company.