The branch pastoral conductor in April this year was Sandra Foxall who is always an invigorating and welcome visitor to Glasgow. We played a selection of 16th century music including Gabrieli, always a favourite, and a Battaglia by Banchieri which on sight reading was more of a skirmish but ended up as a vigorous battle after Sandra had taken it apart. We finished with some exciting jazz.
A great deal of chat over food and catching up with long time friends occupied the breaks. It was very pleasing to welcome visitors from far and wide who helped make it a happy session. Our thanks to Sandra who injected her enthusiasm and humour to make it a memorable day.
Pam Flanagan, who conducts at both branches, instigated a first venture at a joint event between Glasgow and Dublin. This resulted in five members from Glasgow going over to Dublin for the weekend and a concert at the Lutheran House with more than 30 players in all. The pieces ranged from Holborne’s Pavan & Galliard – intended to display the riches of the lower instruments – through Telemann, Bach and Stanford (being a local lad) to Farewell to Stromness, which is fast becoming a favourite. There were also pieces from a quintet of Irish members again with an exciting range of styles and from the Junior Academy who played a Telemann quartet. Victoria Brooks also played a solo Telemann piece Fantasia no.1 in C major which was lovely to listen to. All in all a successful concert and an enjoyable weekend for all.