In November the Glasgow branch was invited to perform a short concert at the Erskine Home at Bishopton. The Home, that celebrated their 100-year anniversary last year, care for service veterans and their spouses. As usual we were given a warm welcome by staff and residents.
We played a selection of short pieces from the stately Holborne’s Pavan and Galliard to Brian Bonsor’s Burn’s Miscellany that includes popular tunes such as Comin’ through the Rye and A Man’s a Man for a’ that. The Kinmount Players, a smaller group that play without a conductor, produced a couple of Spanish dances for contrast and a rousing Spiritual Great Day with drum accompaniment. This is a nerve-racking experience but good discipline to learn listening to the other parts. Our conductor Neil picked up his baton for well-known Wartime Favourites Bless them all and Pack up your troubles that every generation seem to know. We spent some time chatting over cups of tea with the members of the audience, a lively young at heart bunch, who entertained us with some of their stories.
The branch finished the year with a quartet giving a short recital in a Christmas concert at St. Aloysius church in Glasgow. Despite one of the players developing the seasonal dreaded cold another was able to come to the rescue and the show went on. Works included Victoria’s Magnum Mysterium and Arcadelt’s Ave Maria. Also featured were three pieces for treble recorder and harp comprising two carols and an original composition for duet by harpist Catherine Walker. Finally the group accompanied the choir in Riding into Bethlehem by W H. Parry.