The third music festival continued where the first two left off – a great success for all who attended as well as all who took part. A wonderful long weekend that was only possible because a great many people joined in – truly an event for the community by the community.
Selling tickets in Scotmid – one of our main sponsors.
Wednesday 6th October
We kicked off with a Dinner Discussion adressed by John Wallace, Principal of RSAMD where some of our performers have trained. He was himself the top trumpet player in the UK and now leads RSAMD as the top Conservatoire for music, drama and dance in the UK.
Friday 8th October
On Friday evening there was a choice of three events:-
- A Jazz Concert where with young people from the Strathclyde Youth Jazz Orchestra packed the stage and nearly lifted the rafters off the Church roof.
A Family Ceilidh where Sporrandipity had Currie High School Assembly Hall bouncing with people dancing then, while adults rested their feet, the children had huge fun with a medley of balloon games. A resounding success!
A Folk Concert where Duncan McCrone and his band – talented musicians, Cy Jack and Steve Lawrence with Audrey Williams, what a voice, supporting played to a packed Balerno Bowling Club.
Saturday 9th October
There were events right through Satruday from 9.30 am in the parish chruch to 11.30 in the Bowling Club.
The morning showcased budding musicians in the parish chruch. It wasn’t only proud parents and grandparents who enjoyed hearing our young people show what they have learnt on piano, violin and recorder, they were such a joy to see and hear.
Later, you could feel the “vibrations” of the organ recitals through the soles of your feet… and incredible and moving sound.
The Gala concert, which Sarah Forbes and Zoe Challenor put together for us, was absolutely memorable. They introduced us to more of their supremely talented friends including a wonderful Korean tenor, Jung Soo Yun. Don’t forget you saw him in Balerno first when you see him appearing in the BBC Singer of the World competition.
They bettered the standing ovation they received last year with two standing ovations this year… my biggest problem is now how to follow that next year!
It was so lovely to welcome back Emma and Robin Versteeg on Saturday for their lunch recitals.
SATURDAY 9th saw a sell-out return by Mr Boom for the Folk Club’s Children’s Concert where a Bowling Club full of kids (and adults) had a fun-packed afternoon.
That evening’s concert, (another sell-out) featured Gaberlunzie, the multi-talented Gordon Menzies and Robin Watson. Support (after some persuasion) was provided by members of the Balerno Roadshow – Jack McCaig (vocals, moothie), Bill Grieve (accordion), Janet Weatherston (vocals, spoons) and Morag Dunbar (vocals, guitar). Good fun (at least for us it was)!
Sunday 10th October
Our celebration service on Sunday was just that – a true celebration. Louise was brave enough to give all our children a musical instrument and they “accompanied” a joyful hymn. We also enjoyed the contributions form the Folk Club and Zoe.
Stephen Fischbacher assisted by Sandy Butler got all of us (grandparents included) singing along and doing all the actions to well known Fischy songs. To use the words of one of these – Stephen is a real “hero”.
On SUNDAY 10th, Folk Club members (Charlie Husband, Trish Santer, Maggie Cruickshank, Morag Dunbar and Janet Weatherston) joined the Balerno Parish Church Service with Minister Louise Duncan. A surprise highlight was a beautiful performance by soprano Zoe Something.
All to soon, it was the closing Jazz Party where Roger Cull and his group again performed so wonderfully, this year joined again by Colin Steele, a superb jazz trumpeter, and guest vocalist Jenny McClure from Callander… a really joyous end to a great weekend.
Our grateful thanks must go to Festival Sponsors – the Marriott Dalmahoy, Scotmid, the C&B News and Currie and Balerno Rotary – and to the Friends of Balerno Music Festival. Such invaluable support helps the Festival’s overall success.
Diary dates for next year
The Fourth Festival dates are now decided:- 5 – 9 October 2011.