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.