When our Society was formed in 1949, not long after the end of the Second World War the music society contributed to the community coming together once again. Drawing inspiration from our founders, after a period of isolation and immense challenge from Covid, we want to cultivate the value of music across our community through providing workshops, concerts and talks.
Our first workshop, tutored by Helen Lawson from RCS and the award winning conductor, Derrick Morgan, on the 11 June was a great success, bringing together 40 singers from across the region. It was a fun day of joyous singing.
Two concerts by local ensembles were held at the Mill on the Fleet. On Friday 17 June The Mill Winds comprising Heather MacEanruig, Nick Riley, Peter Hutchison, Helen and Geoff Keating provided an evening of 19th and 20th century music for winds and piano, and on 10 August we enjoyed Music for a Summer Evening – vocal quartet, piano trio, flute and violin – with Susan Smyth, David Howdle, Alice Howdle, David Potter, Angela Lawrence and Christina Montgomery
Two musical themed talks were given, also at The Mill, by Geoff Keating on 13 July, who talked on Monteverdi and the Birth of Opera and Peter Marks on 25 August speaking on Franz Joseph Haydn, The Visionary.
The Winning Ticket In the late summer our eagle eyed Gatehouse Music Society (GMS) Chairman, Maria Taylor spotted an advertisement placed by Pollok House Arts Society, which had closed in 2019 read: Good home sought for 1939 Steinway concert grand piano........... This was to be the beginning of a rather fabulous story which finally came to a conclusion in Gatehouse, but not before a few bumps...