June 2014 – Fingask
Once 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 danced 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!