Welcome to all our many supporters from Newton Stewart and District Music Club.
We operate under the auspices of Enterprise Music Scotland (EMS) and our brief is to provide a platform for classical musicians in a series of concerts of varying ensembles and styles. We hope you enjoyed the six concerts in the 2017-18 programme and found the artists to be of a very high standard or even quite exceptional.
When planning such a varied programme we try to choose artists we have either heard and appreciated personally or who are recommended in the current EMS tours book. We also try to vary the choices from year to year within our remit.
Last season started in September 2017 with Philip Contini and his Be Happy Band in the Cinema. This was music from Southern Italy and was colourful, often amusing and emotional.
In October we presented Sinopia, a young string quartet who performed music by Haydn, Schubert, Bartok, Borodin and Frank Bridge to a high standard in the County Buildings.
In early December, also in the County Buildings, Sirocco Winds played works arranged for French horn, flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon. This was a stylish performance of some lovely and familiar music.
January brought something completely different for us with Grant Golding (trumpet) and Steven McIntyre (organ) in Penninghame St Johns Parish Church. This was an afternoon concert on an otherwise bleak Sunday and allowed us to enjoy the excellent acoustic and organ in the church. Steven is organist at Glasgow Cathedral and hopefully we may hear him again.
February’s concert in the Cinema was given by Coro Alba. We were entertained and delighted by a group of young professional opera singers from Glasgow, along with their impressively versatile piano accompanist, in a highly varied and mostly operatic programme. The audience certainly went home with a song in their hearts.
March saw a return visit of the well known fiddle group RANT who played for us in the McMillan Hall. Once again this was a most enjoyable and instructive concert of fiddle music with some explanation of how the instruments are treated and tuned differently from the normal classical style. The quality of the venue was not quite what we hoped for and we learned from that.
As has been our custom in recent years, our season ended with our Summer Soiree in June.
This year, with a great deal of good fortune, we were able to engage the young Belarusian cellist Aleksei Kiseliov (a principal cellist with the RSNO) and the well known Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson. It was an outstanding performance that will be remembered for a long time.
For logistical reasons, the Soiree has to be by invitation only. If you are a club member or are on our club database you will receive a written invitation to this event. If you have not received an invitation in the past and would like one for future events, please let the chairman or secretary know that you wish to be on our database.
The Music Club committee thank you for your support and help in keeping classical music alive and well in this beautiful part of Scotland.