The ninth Balerno Music Festival was another great success; successful for those taking part and for those simply enjoying top quality music. A survey completed by over 100 in the audiences gave a 100% satisfaction rating. Wonderful entertainment close to home and at a price only dreamt of at another festival near hear.
The programme this year included a wide variety of different types of music, with new events as well as old favourites and a significant new venue.
First up was the Balerno Theatre Company which showcased songs from musicals they had performed down the years. An energetic start delivered to a very high standard with great enthusiasm by a well drilled young cast. On first Saturday Pentland Singers hosted a Come and Sing Queen event and the Bowling Club hosted a ‘Made in Scotland’ by David Cairns, a nostalgic Tribute to Scottish popstars.
After an interesting talk on Music Therapy by Chris Achenbach at the dinner discussion – music can really reach people when nothing else can – we had a busy weekend. Our first event outside Balerno was hosted by Juniper Green Parish Church where Richard Michaels provided a highly entertaining and skilled review and demonstration of his life in music. In parallel with this there was the ever popular Tourie Band and the Village Screen showing of Amy. That was Friday, Saturday afternoon brought Arte’s Tartan Tales for the children, though many adults had great fun too and the film Jungle Book from Village Screen. On Saturday evening Village Screen provided the film Love and Mercy and the Balerno Parish Church staged the truly excellent Antonine Trio – its amazing what a horn player, a baritone and a pianist can do and how rewarding it is for the audience.
Starting on Tuesday 5th October local talent provided Music at The Mill over lunch time. This year Jigsaw Nursery took part as well as the schools and Roger Cull’s Jazz ensemble.
The final weekend was very busy with the award winning Forth Valley Singers in Balerno Parish Church and the folk concert in the Bowling Club – that was Friday evening.
Saturday morning had the wonderful children’s concert where young musicians, many of whom are still beginners, get a chance to play their ‘party piece’, there was Fun Time Harmonies for the very young in the afternoon and in the evening there was the Gala concert where The Borders Big Band entertained one and all.
On Sunday there was Festival Praise where the Folk Club joins with the Parish Church, Fischy Music entertained in the afternoon and everything was rounded off with the traditional Jazz Party.
An enormous thank you to all the volunteers whose hard work makes the festival possible. Also key is the support from C&B News, Porteous 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 achieve our aims to bring music to the community and encourage young people to develop their musical skills. The only qualification you need is to have a love of music. All are welcome!