Tuesday 10th – Friday 13th October
Coffee & Snacks at The Mill
The Mill @ St Joseph’s is the ideal place to meet up with friends and family for a light lunch or a coffee.
Time: 9.30 – 2.00. Venue: St Joseph’s Hall
Music@The Mill 10th – 12th October
For the 5th year, this very popular series of concerts will take place in the marvellous Mill Café where you can enjoy a light lunch or coffee, tea and cake while you are entertained. The musicians come from Balerno High School, Deanpark Primary School and Harmeny School.
Time: 12.30 – 1.30. Venue: St Joseph’s Hall. Entry Free – donations welcome.
A little light Jazz at lunchtime Friday 13th October
The Roger Cull Trio will once again be playing at the Mill Café on Friday. Come and enjoy the real Café atmosphere of smooth jazz as the background to conversation and coffee.
Time: 12.30 – 1.30. Venue: St Joseph’s Hall Entry Free – donations welcome.
Friday 13th October
This is an exciting first for the Balerno Music Festival! Sirocco Winds are a dynamic and professional wind ensemble comprising of current Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Masters students and graduates. They were formed in 2012 and pride themselves as being a young, enthusiastic and vibrant group.
They won the Governors’ Recital Prize for Chamber Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, they were invited to perform at the Emerging Artists series at the Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, they had several live radio performances and members of the group have worked with several and varied orchestras and ensembles.
The group is very versatile and committed to providing quality chamber music for any occasion drawing on a large repertoire of varied music.
Sirocco Winds are represented by Classical Musicians Scotland.
Do come along and hear this young and exciting group!
Time: 7.30 – 9.30. Venue: Balerno Parish Church. Prices: £10 per adult, £5 per child.
Isla St Clair grew up in the Scottish folk tradition, singing as a child at Aberdeen Folk Club, and appearing on the BBC aged only 12. With several albums to her credit and voted Female Folk Singer of the Year in 1971, she then moved to TV where she co-hosted ‘The Generation Game’ with Larry Grayson. Since then she has presented many traditional music programmes. Today she continues to be busy with radio, TV and stage and more recently was involved in performing the very moving ‘Flowers of the Forest’ in First World War commemorations in Flanders.
George Machray is a singer/songwriter from Port Seton, with a local flavour to his songs. A master at humour, he can also turn his hand to more serious subjects. His song-writing talent is well-known in the folk scene and he has won the Glenfarg song writing contest three times, while in the annual Edinburgh Folk Club event, he has gained the Audience Vote on two separate occasions. Look out for favourites ‘Hawkeye the Noo’ and ‘Swinging in Dunbar’.
Time:8.00- 11.00 Venue: Balerno Bowling Club Price: £12 per person
Saturday 14th October
The Main Street, village shop opens on this, the second Saturday of the month with a wonderful selection of Scottish produce from local business. We have meat, fish, bread, cheese, vegetables, eggs, pies and pastries, jams, chutneys, chocolate and sweet treats, plants, candles, hot food and drinks, great ideas for your garden, gifts and pets. We look forward to welcoming you.
Time: 9.00 -1.00 Venue: Balerno Main Street.
Music in the Main Street
With a guest appearance from the Maid of the Forth Stompers, they took the market by storm last year, we are delighted to be having them back again this year.
A morning of shopping and musical entertainment.
Time: 9.00 -1.00 Venue: Balerno Main Street.
Coffee and Snacks @ The Mill
The Social Hub of the Festival will be in the St Joseph’s Centre – drop in for a coffee or a light snack – everybody welcome.
Time: 9.30 – 12.00. Venue: St Joseph’s Hall
Open Folk Music Session
Hosted by local musicians and singers with guests from Edinburgh and other folk clubs. Come and join in and sing, play or simply listen. No booking required.
Time: 2.30 – 5.00. Venue: Grey Horse Inn
Hot Fork Supper
Hot Fork Supper. The final Saturday of the Balerno Music Festival is special but it can be made even more special by enjoying a Hot Fork Supper supplied by MacKenzies with complimentary wine, soft drinks and coffee. Furthermore, everyone purchasing a Hot Fork Supper and Gala Concert ticket will have a reserved seat in the central part of the Church.
Time: 6.00 – 7.00 Venue: St Joseph’s Hall. Price: £10.00 per person
NB Special Offer – Gala Concert and Hot Fork Supper £20.00 per person
Gala Concert – The Scarlet Quartet
The Scarlet Quartet was founded whilst Andrew McTaggart – Musical Director & Baritone, Emily Mitchell – Soprano, Lynda-Jane Nelson – Mezzo Soprano and accompanist Geoffrey Tanti were studying together at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, where they also met their most recent addition, Tenor – Conner Smith.
Although now established solo artists they have performed as a group in oratorio concerts and recitals throughout Scotland. With a repertoire that spans across all classical genres the Scarlet Quartet will perform a variety of music including favourites from opera, musicals, traditional scots and even something that’s utterly ‘Rutterly’.
Their skill and enjoyment in the music they perform will make this Gala Concert a special evening.
Time: 7.30 – 9.30 Venue: Balerno Parish Church. Price: £12 per adult, £7 per child.
Everyone is invited to the complimentary Festival Reception after the end of the Gala Concert with the opportunity to meet the soloists and share reflections on the whole Festival.
Time: 9.30 -10.30 Venue: St Joseph’s Hall
The Festival Praise Service, with the Balerno Folk Club and others, celebrates music in our lives and the Church. Everybody welcome.
Time: 10.00 – 11.15 Venue: Balerno Parish Church.
The Jazz Party once again provides the finale for the Festival. The Roger Cull Quartet will be joined again by Ian Ewing (vocals) who last year captivated the audience with dramatic offerings and in particular a darkly energetic version of Mack the Knife.
Ian is one of Scotland’s foremost big band and swing singers. He has performed at many major venues in the UK including the London Palladium and Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End. He tells us that Balerno is his favourite venue and who are we to say it couldn’t be.
The Jazz Party is just what it says on the tin – a relaxed and informal evening for chatting with friends over a glass or two, listening to jazz but where the last thing the band want is for you to sit in reverential silence. Put this one on your list now!
Time: 7.30 – 11.00 Venue: St Joseph’s Hall. Price: £10 per person