June 2014 – Fingask

June 2014 – Fingask

fingask2014progOnce again the RTO returned to Fingask, the beautiful family castle, parts of which date back to 1594. The grounds are usually enchanting at this time of year, although unfortunately it was wet and soggy on the day of the concert. Yes, I’m afraid that the weather was disappointing, with the rain making the usual sunny picnics on the lawn in previous concerts here just a happy memory. However we munched out picnics in the marquee and settled down to a spirited concert under a different baton. The distinguished conductor and saxophonist Richard Ingham was our maestro for the day and provided surprises not just for the audience but also for the orchestra!

Although we didn’t have vintage cars or aeroplane forced landings as in previous visits to Fingask, we did have the beautiful Natalie Ulman, who 2014 Fingask-3danced an interpretation of our opening number, the Brahms Hungarian Dance No 5.

As Richard’s forte lies in the world of jazz, it is no surprise he had us playing George Shearing’s Lullaby of Birdland and a jazzy composition of his own, Dance at Easter Arquhorthies, and during both, he demonstrated his skills on his favourite instrument. You can see what else we played here.

The usual cream teas, book signings and a raffle took place in the marquee and much fun was had in spite of the weather!

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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