Week 3 – 8th – 15th October

Tuesday 9th October

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

Music @ The Mill

For the 5th year, this very popular series of concerts will take place in the marvellous Mill Cafe where you can enjoy a light lunch or coffee, tea and cake while you are entertained. The musicians come from Balerno High School, Dean Park Primary School and Harmeny School.

Time: 9.30 – 12.00                 Venue: St Joseph’s Hall      Entry: Free, Donations Welcome

 

Wednesday 10th October

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

Music @ The Mill

For the 5th year, this very popular series of concerts will take place in the marvellous Mill Cafe where you can enjoy a light lunch or coffee, tea and cake while you are entertained. The musicians come from Balerno High School, Dean Park Primary School and Harmeny School.

Time: 9.30 – 12.00                 Venue: St Joseph’s Hall      Entry: Free, Donations Welcome

 

Thursday 11th October

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

Music @ The Mill

For the 5th year, this very popular series of concerts will take place in the marvellous Mill Cafe where you can enjoy a light lunch or coffee, tea and cake while you are entertained. The musicians come from Balerno High School, Dean Park Primary School and Harmeny School.

Time: 9.30 – 12.00                 Venue: St Joseph’s Hall      Entry: Free, Donations Welcome

 

Friday 12th October

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

A little light Jazz at lunchtime

The Roger Cull Trio will once again be playing at the Mill Cafe.   Come and enjoy the real Cafe 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

 

Sirocco Winds

After an outstanding concert at the 2017 festival Sirocco Winds are back by popular acclaim for a second year.  Sirocco Winds is a dynamic and professional wind ensemble comprising current Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Masters students and graduates.  They were formed in 2012 and pride themselves in being a young, enthusiastic and vibrant group.

They won the Governors’ Recital Prize for Chamber Music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and were invited to perform at the Emerging Artists series at the Edinburgh’s Usher Hall. They have made several live radio performances, and members of the group have worked with various 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.

If you were there last year you know how brilliant this group is, if you misssed last year you are really lucky to have a second chance, don’t miss it.

Sirocco Winds are represented by Classical Musicians Scotland.

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

 

Folk Concert – Sangsters and George Machray

Sangsters are Anne Murray MBE, John Blackwood & Fiona Forbes, all from the Kingdom of Fife.  With their stunning close harmonies, well chosen material and their humour, Sangsters have been entertaining audiences since 1991 in Folk Clubs, at concerts and at festivals not only at home but all round the world.  Their repertoire is almost exclusively Scots, and includes traditional song, Burns, and contemporary songs.  This will be their second appearance at the Balerno Music Festival, having performed in the very first festival, in 2008.

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 13th October

Farmers’ Market

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, who 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: 9.30 – 12.00                   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 – 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 – Forth Valley Chorus

An evening of sparkle and song!

The festival is delighted to see the return of the Forth Valley Chorus.  This amazing A Cappella women’s choir made their Balerno Festival debut in 2016 and were an immediate hit with the audience.  Many asked to see their return in 2017 but it clashed with the choir’s qualification for the International Barbershop competition (in Las Vegas) of the Sweet Adelines International in which they came a creditable 11th placing overall.  This was a step up from 18th achieved at Baltimore in 2014.

The choir sings a wide repertoire of barbershop music embracing styles including jazz and contemporary pop.  The Edinburgh-based choir is over 100-strong and draws its enthusiastic members from a wide area. The choir continues to be led by their musical director, David Sangster.  An absorbing musical and visual spectacle is assured!

Time: 7.30 – 9.30                   Venue: Balerno Parish Church    Price: £12 per adult, £7 per child

 

Reception

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

 

Sunday 14th October

Festival Praise

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

 

Jazz Party with Stirling Crisis

The Jazz Party once again provides the finale for the Festival. Stirling Crisis was formed about 10 years ago when a group of medical friends got together in Stirling to play jazz. it comprises two ophthalmologists, a pathologist, a neurologist, an occupational therapist and an ex-nurse/ambulance driver – so we have a strong medical flavour.

On the front line we have Angus Scott (saxophones) and a familiar face at Balerno events, Bruce Michie, on brass and saxophones. In the rhythm section we have David Huggan on bass, Alex McClure on drums and Roger Cull on piano. Balerno audiences may have seen David and Roger in the Borders Big Band. Our vocalist, Jenne McClure is a familiar face and voice in Balerno, and just happens to be married to our drummer, Alex.

Our repertoire is mainstream jazz, though we also play some jazz-rock and fusion tunes as well, so there will be some new material to listen to, as well as the tried and tested favourites.

We are looking forward to playing at the 11th BMF Jazz party.

Time: 7.30 – 11.00                  Venue: St Joseph’s Hall    Price: £10 per person