December 2014 – Christmas Concert

December 2014 – The Christmas Party

Almost every year, the RTO has a concert/party at the end of the year to allow the orchestra to feature “works in progress”. This gives us a chance to play new music in an informal environment with an invited audience of friends and family who are even more tolerant of our musical attempts than our paying audiences! The players and the guests bring food to share and drinks are provided courtesy of the RTO wine cellar (the Chairman’s garage!). We usually hold it in St George’s School music hall where we also normally rehearse.

Richard Ingham, who had been taking some of the rehearsals during the course of the year, conducted the orchestra. We made a valiant attempt at Rossini’s Thieving Magpie for the first time in public and we managed most of it! The orchestra also usually plays something Christmassy, and this year it was Leopold Mozart’s Schlittenfahrt (Sleigh Ride) with various sound effects like sleigh bells, whip cracking, etc. Great fun!

As it is a party, there were various party pieces performed by small groups from the orchestra (the cellos and the trumpets), their children (we had some really sweet family performances by the Holts and the Macfies) and occasionally we have invited guest musicians.

Our Emerging Composers

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Edwin Sun Winner of the Emerging Composers Competition 2016 A Wee bit of Irish Scottish Jig
 Feyi Adebiyi Sinfonia No 1
 Jack McKenzie A Tale of Old
 Caroline Penn The Witches
 Ryan Yard River Travels Onwards

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Emerging Composer Announced!

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The £1,000 winner was Edwin Sung, with the Celtic A Wee Big Irish Scottish Jig. Choosing a runner-up from some fantastic compositions was impossible, so we had 4. See here for details.
We have 5 terrific pieces of music to rehearse and play in a special concert next Spring. Watch the website for details.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015

The Really Terrible Orchestra will be returning to play at the Fringe Festival on Saturday 15th August 2015. Tickets will be available from an orchestra member or edinburgh fringe box office shortly.

Programme will include newly commissioned music, Challenging pieces by Greig, Beethoven, and Rossini.


Alexander McCall Smith in conversation during our debut concert at Glasgow's City Hall on 13 October 2012.

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13 October 2012 at CIty Hall, Glasgow.

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