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.