Another wonderful Balerno Music Festival
The seventh Balerno Music Festival started with Alan Borthwick from the Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society at the dinner discussion on 24th September and finished with Roger Cull’s Jazz Party on 12th October. In between there were a wide variety events showcasing many different types of music and involving local talent as well as visiting professionals.
On the first weekend we had the Theatre Company showcasing this year’s musical Bugsy Malone along with other songs from musicals and the Folk Club hosting a wonderful children’s event in the Bowling Club with Mr Giggles. On the Saturday evening The Pentland Singers, who were celebrating their 30th year, sang songs from their first 30 years while the Bowling Club hosted a cabaret dance with The Motown Brothers.
On the second weekend Balerno Village Screen showed Good Vibrations, there was an excellent Harp and Flute concert (the harpist being Eleanor Johnston a local lass) and that was only Friday. Saturday 4th was full on, with the Children’s Concert in the morning, Fun Time Harmonies for the very young and Infectious Harmonies for young drummers in the afternoon followed by Balerno’s very own Strictly Come Dancing which was greatly enjoyed by all those brave enough to join in. Then on the Sunday there was a fun performance by Ceildh Kids where the children had a chance to dance.
Our final weekend started with a wonderful Accordion and Violin Concert running in parallel with a sold out Folk Concert. On the Saturday we had the fantastic musical story of Ivor Novello as the Gala Concert.
On Sunday there was Festival Praise where the Folk Club joined in worship with the Parish Church, this was followed by an inspirational concert by San Ghanny, a music group trying to bring harmony and understanding to Israel and Palestine with the afore mentioned Jazz Party rounding things off.
An enormous thank you to all the volunteers whose hard work make the festival possible. Also key is the support from C&B News and Scotmid for their sponsorship and for the Friends of the Festival for their support. Most of all there would be no show without our faithful audiences who have attended the events year after year and enjoy the great musical events which the musicians, professional and amateur, bring right to their doorsteps. We thank you all.
The festival doesn’t happen by accident and we are always looking for new ideas as well as new volunteers to help us. Our aims are to bring people together, to bring music to the community and to encourage young people to develop their musical skills. If you’d like help please use the contact link.