EDINBURGH FRINCE CONCERT 2015
What a magnificent time we had! We held the concert in St Cuthbert’s Church at the West End of Princes Street for the first time and it was a marvellous venue for us. A combination of a somewhat earlier date, in the middle of the Festival rather than at the end, excellent weather and a glowing write-up that appeared in the local press on the morning of the performance, meant that the main hall was full well before we started and unexpectedly, we had to open the balcony. This is something we don’t usually do as missiles hurled from an elevated position are much more likely to reach their target!
Our programme was a mixture of old and new, and we were lucky to have the composers present for each of the three new pieces, all of which were well received by the audience. We played the final movement of Tom Cunningham’s Edinburgh Suite, appropriately “Festival Frolis”, with Tom, a former RTO player, joining us to strengthen the cello section for the whole concert. We will be playing more of his music next year.
Fergus Hall’s Two and a Half Pillars of Wisdom explored three of the characters in Alexander McCall Smith’s Von Igelfeld novels, and captured the essence of each admirably. Wonderful music from a Glasgow University student.
The March of the Clowns was written by Lewis Drummond, evoking the spirit of circus clowns both in his music and his fabulous waistcoat. The audience rose to their feet for this, a great triumph for a composer still at school!