This Christmas the Glasgow Branch decided to perform a full concert in Broomhill Community church, a new venture for us as we usually perform in Museums or Art Galleries to a passing audience. We were very pleased that we managed to raise a full house even running short of seats! The atmosphere was very warm and festive despite the freezing weather.
Our MD Pamela Flanagan had chosen an appealing mixture of music ranging from Antony Holborne’s The Honie-suckle and The Choise, tricky pieces but good for the lower instruments, to that perennial favourite Paul Clark’s Twelve Days of Christmas. We duly produced a pile of gold rings and a host of pipers piping. The programme continued with G. F. Handel’s Pastoral Symphony from the Messiah and then Brian Bonsor’s beautiful Afton Water. To finish off we had a rousing performance of his 17th’s Farewell to Alva. Interspaced with the set pieces we played a few simple but effective carols and Pamela encouraged the audience to join in with some community singing that many stated afterwards they enjoyed, as it really felt like a celebration of Christmas.
After the performance we enticed our audience to stay and join us in some refreshments and they appeared to be most willing, staying to chat and express interest in the instruments, always a good advertisement for the recorder, not just one of those ‘squeaky things’.
We must thank all the people who came to help and served quantities of food and drinks as well as manning/womening the door.
A small group of members also took part in the church’s Candlelight service playing some early French carols including Allons Allons Gay Bergeres and The King’s Birthday. We were joined in these by Jane, a soprano from Cathures choir. The combination was most successful and worth repeating.