Wednesday 27th September
Yla Steven has been part of the Scottish traditional music scene for the best part of fifty years. Having won championship awards at all the major fiddle festivals in Scotland, she then went on to become the first winner of the Daily Record’s Golden Fiddle Award in 1976.
She has met with and learnt from many of the twentieth century “greats” such as Hector MacAndrew, Sandy Milne and Tom Anderson.
Yla will talk mainly about strathspeys – the only dance rhythm that is intrinsically Scottish – and the “Strathspey King” i.e. James Scott Skinner who made them particularly famous. She will illustrate her talk with examples of her fiddle playing.
Time: 7.30 for 7.45 – 10.00. Venue: St Joseph’s Hall Price: £17 per person.
Friday 29th September
Balerno Theatre Company are proud to present songs and scenes from many of our past shows, and a few teaser songs from our upcoming production of the pantomime ‘Aladdin’ which we will put on in December in the Church Hill Theatre. www.balernotheatrecompany.co.uk
With a cast of incredible performers both young and old, this is your chance to sing along with some of your all-time favourite show tunes.
Time: 7.30 – 8.30. Venue: Balerno Parish Church Price: £5 per ticket.
Saturday 30th September
Come and Play – Balerno Festival Orchestra
A new venture, for those who can play an instrument and would like the chance to play it with others. If you play a little (or a lot), have a dormant skill or haven’t been able find a place to play, here is your opportunity. The session promises to be both fun and challenging.
To help with the planning please say what instrument you play and how long you have been playing when you buy your ticket.
Time: 9.30 – 12.00. Venue: Balerno Parish Church Price: £5.
BVS at the Festival! – SING (cert PG)
For our younger viewers we have the award winning animated film SING. A hustling theatre impresario’s attempt to save his theatre with a singing competition becomes grander than he anticipates.
Grab a ticket online at www.balernovillagescreen.com
Time: 2.00 – 4.00. Venue: Ogston Hall. Prices: Tickets Free – Donations gratefully accepted.
BVS at the Festival! – Sing Street (cert 12A)
A feel-good film with a huge heart and irresistible optimism, youthful romance and rebellion.
Grab a ticket online at www.balernovillagescreen.com
Time: 7.30 – 9.30. Venue: Ogston Hall. Prices: Tickets Free – Donations gratefully accepted
Meadows Chamber Orchestra
Join us in the great acoustics of Juniper Green Parish Church for an evening of chamber music from members of the Meadows Chamber Orchestra. Having been performing to audiences since 1972 the Meadows Chamber Orchestra presents an evening of Beethoven’s lyrical Sextet in E-flat major combining the sonority of two horns with the richness of the string quartet.
Along with a selection of music for brass quintet and string quartet, it promises to be a very fine evening of music making.
Time: 7.30 – 9.30. Venue: Juniper Green Parish Church. Prices: £10 per adult, £5 per child
Edinburgh Highland Reel and Strathspey Society
The EHRSS is delighted to be appearing at the Balerno Festival for the first time. The evening will feature the orchestra, under the baton of well-known Scottish fiddle player Yla Steven, BEM, playing marches, strathspeys, reels, jigs and hauntingly beautiful slow airs. There will also be contributions from solo fiddle players and singers.
Founded in 1881, the Society was the first of its type. Its members are proud to continue that tradition today. They hold two main concerts each year – a St. Andrew’s Night Concert at the end of November and an Annual Concert held in the Queen’s Hall in March.
In 2016 they appeared on BBC’s “The One Show” as part of a feature on Mendelssohn’s travels in Scotland. They also won the orchestra competition at Kirriemuir Fiddle Festival for the fourth consecutive year and took part in the Stirling Bridge International Arts Festival in Perth Concert Hall. Smaller fund raising concerts, conferences and community events were also on their agenda.
Time: 7.30 – 9.30. Venue: Balerno Parish Church. Prices: £10 per adult, £5 per child.
Cabaret – A Tribute to Lionel Ritchie + an upbeat Tribute to Motown Stars.
The first half has some of Lionel Ritchie’s hits, such as ‘Dancing on the ceiling’, ‘All night long’, ‘Say you say me’, and the famous ‘Three times a Lady’, as well as perhaps ‘Can’t Slow down’ and ‘Running with the Night’ and several others
The second half is a tribute to many of the Motown hits -a selection of ‘Magic of the 70s’. Come and enjoy the comfort of the Bowling Club Lounge and Bar and relive your youth on the dance floor!
A superb Cabaret evening, so don’t miss out on the Music of an era.
Time 8.30 – 11.30 + (doors open 7.30) Venue: Balerno Bowling Club (Bar Available) Price: £10 per person
Sunday 1st October
Mr Boom has been visiting Planet Earth since 1984. A fine children’s entertainer, Mr Boom’s mixture of jokes, songs and stories pleases both children and adults. He has been described as ‘truly unique’, and once you have seen Mr Boom there will be no denying that statement. What audiences experience is at times educational, always entertaining and truly a delight. Mixing song and dance and with a high level of audience participation, Mr Boom’s experience shines through.
Time: 2.00 -3.30 Venue: St Joseph’s Hall Price: £5 per adult, £3 per child
NB Children must be accompanied by an adult