10th May 2017

Week 2 – 1st – 7th October

Thursday 4th October

Soft Shoe Skiffle Band

After years of successful shows in the Edinburgh Fringe and around the country the Soft Shoe Skiffle Band is back at the Balerno Music Festival.

Hear again some of the songs that made skiffle popular and a few others from the time, songs such as My Old Man’s a Dustman, Putting on the Style, Does Your Chewing Gum Lose its Flavour, Tom Dooley, Nobody’s Child, Singing the Blues, It Doesn’t Matter Any More, Hello Mary Lou and many more.

For online tickets please click here.

Time: 7.00 – 9.00    Venue: Balerno Parish Church   Prices: £10 per adult, £5 per child


Friday 5th October

A little light Jazz at lunchtime

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.

Richard Dennis Concert – Scozzesi

This is another exciting first for the Balerno Music Festival!  Scozzesi, Italian for ‘Scottish Gentlemen’, is a highly accomplished group of professional, classically trained singers, also described as the last word in posh boy bands.
The quartet draws on a large repertoire of solos, duets, trios and quartets from the world of opera, operetta, Gilbert and Sullivan, songs from the shows and some of our best loved traditional tunes, with or without piano accompaniment.
Don’t miss this special event, an evening of charm and enchantment is awaiting you in the company of Scotland’s latest vocal ensemble

Scozzesi is represented by Classical Musicians Scotland.

For online tickets, please click here.

Time: 7.30 – 9.30  Venue: Balerno Parish Church   Prices: £10 per adult, £5 per child


Saturday 6th October

Festival Café

The Festival Café is the ideal place to meet up with friends and family for a tea, coffee and cakes.

Time: 9.30 – 1.00                   Venue: St Joseph’s Hall

Young Musicians’ Concert

This is a great opportunity to support music making locally, so come and support this free event where our local young people perform their best pieces on a variety of instruments. The experience of sharing their music with family members and the general public is memorable and is rounded off with tea, coffee and juice afterwards in the Festival Café at St. Joseph’s.  A great way to spend a Saturday morning.  This is NOT a competitive event. 

To TAKE PART in this concert, please register interest with your music tutor with your Name and Contact details as soon as possible. 

Contact Irene Rogerson, Tel 0131 449 4044 or email for further information and register by Friday 14 September at the latest.

COME ALONG and give the next generation of musicians every encouragement.

Time: 9.30 – 11.00      Venue: Balerno Parish Church   Price: Entry is free but donations are welcome

Music Workshop with Fun Time Harmonies 

Come and meet the musical families hidden in the orchestra! Children will be introduced to, and have the opportunity to play, some of the instruments in the orchestra. They will also create their own instruments, have fun with music and form The Fun Time Harmonies Orchestra. The workshop will climax with a “grand performance”. This workshop is aimed at children around 4 – 5 years old.

For online tickets, please click here.

Time: 1.00 -1.45          Venue: Ogston Hall  Price: £3 per child

NB Children must be accompanied by an adult


“It’s the name of the game”

Sing Abba with the Pentland Singers

It only feels like yesterday we were singing the songs of the Beatles, and here we are inviting singers to join us again, this time in singing a selection of popular songs by ABBA.

So if you have a dream, a song to sing, why not take a chance on ‘us’ and come along?

An afternoon of rehearsing ABBA songs will be followed by a break with light refreshments provided and some time to socialise with other singers before putting on a live performance in the early evening. Singers should bring their own food to enjoy during the break.

So, if you enjoy singing and performing whilst having fun, this could be the event for you! After all, what would life be without a song?

Cost per singer is £10 which includes provision of tea, coffee, fruit juice, biscuits, music hire and evening performance and online tickets can be found here.

Time: 1.00 – 5.00          Venue: St Joseph’s Hall   Price: £10

“Thank you for the music”

Hear the Pentland Singers and friends sing Abba

We can’t promise you a man after midnight but we can promise to chase the darkness away with our performance of ABBA songs.  The choir will be joined by other singers to sing once more like they did before by performing a selection of contemporary songs scored for choirs which they have learned and rehearsed earlier that day.  With free after-performance refreshments, where you can dance, you can jive and have the time of your life, all you have to do is Gimme Gimme Gimme £5 (£3 for children) to make sure that somewhere in the crowd there’s you!

Online tickets can be found here.

Time: 6.00 – 8.00          Venue: St Joseph’s Hall
£5 per adult, £3 per child


Sunday 7th October

Children’s Concert – Artie’s Tartan Tales

The Singing Kettle’s creator and former star, Artie Trezise, is back with his exciting new production. Traditional stories and songs with a Scottish accent.  Action-packed, enthralling and interactive.  Lots of joining-in for children and adults alike. “Three Little Pigs” to “The Train to Glasgow”, delivered in a unique, charming, engaging style. The kids are involved throughout and become story tellers themselves by the end of the show.

“Artie has proved he’s still got the magic touch. With his Tartan Tales he can keep an audience of children enthralled with stories, songs and lots of laughs.”  Daily Record

For tickets, click here.

Time: 2.30 – 4.00                    Venue: Balerno Bowling Club    Price: Free for children; £3 per adult

NB Children must be accompanied by an adult


See what’s on in Week 3