2023-2024 Season

Gentle Jazz

11th August 7:30pm – Parish Church

Gentle Jazz is a group of mature Dumfries and Galloway performers with many concerts in the region under its belts. Our programmes feature the ‘greats’: the well-loved songs of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin from the 1920s and 30s, together with the occasional ‘novelty’ from the 1960s. Our style is mainly 60s ‘bebop’ jazz, with a touch of bossanova  (not to mention some audience participation) here and there. We aim to provide good entertainment whilst avoiding excessive din at all costs!

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Ethan David Loch – Piano Recital

30th September 2023 3:00pm – Parish Church

Programme:

Frederick Chopin – Polonaise F sharp minor op 44  no 5 
Maurice Ravel – Jeux d’eau
Frederick Chopin – Scherzo E major op 54 no 4
Claude Debussy – Prelude no 7 bk 2 “La terraces des audiences du la lune” & Prelude no 12 bk 2 “Faux d’artifice” (Fireworks)
Frederick Chopin – Ballade no 4 F minor op 52

Ethan will be interviewed by participants of the “Be Inspired” initiative after the concert.

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Martin Roscoe (Piano) & Fenella Humphreys (Violin)

22nd October 2023- 7:30pm Parish Church

Programme

Robert Schumann – Sonata no. 1 in A minor op. 105

Johannes Brahms – Intermezzo op. 118 no. 2

Clara Schumann – 3 Romances op. 22
J.S. Bach – Ciaccona BWV 1004

Johannes Brahms – Sonata no. 3 in D minor op. 108

 

Martin & Fenella will run a masterclass at 5:00pm for participants in the “Be Inspired” initiative.

 

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Sarah-Jane Summers & Juhani Silvola – How to Raise the Wind

22nd November 7:30pm  Parish Church

Traditional and experimental sounds unite in the music of this Scottish/Finnish duo Sarah-Jane Summers and Juhani Silvola, based in Norway. Each of their four albums was awarded Top Of The World status from Songlines, and their 3rd album, The Smoky Smirr o Rain, was nominated for a Norwegian Grammy.

“How to raise the wind”- through-composed work for string quintet and the duo, that takes inspiration from the fantastic world of Highland folk tales.
5:00pm Rose Logan  will play the fiddle & hardanger fiddle for a workshop on Norwegian dance given by Helen Gray – Dip.RAD, L.I.S.T.D., A.I.D.T.A., Gatehouse venue to be confirmed.
 

Line-up:

Sarah-Jane Summers – fiddle
Juhani Silvola – acoustic & electric guitar
Seonaid Aitken – violin
Patsy Reid – violin
Katrina Lee – viola
Alice Allen – cello
Rikard Toften Holst – double bass

John Sampson & Frances Scott –  “Blowing Through the Ages!”

14th January 2024 – Parish Church 3:00pm

John plays a lot of instruments and will chat a little bit about them and play a tune on each one.  

Programme:

This will constist of demonstration/chat with a qestion/answer session at the end. 

He is likely to play ….

Crumhorns,                 
6 sizes of recorders, 
Shalmie Pipe, 
Gemshorns, 
Halusi,  
7 sizes/types  of Trumpets, 
bugle, 
posthorn, 
Bawu, 
Cornamuse, 
Cornettino, 
Shofar 
and the Swedish cow horn!

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Colin Currie Quartet

27th April  7:30pm Castle Douglas Town Hall
in association with Dumfries Music Society

Programme

Kevin Volans – Asanga
Steve Reich – Mallet Quartet
Dave Maric – Nascent Forms
Aileen Sweeney – new work
Rolf Wallin – Twine
Steve Reich – Drumming Part 1

“The world’s finest and most daring percussionist”— The Spectator

“…the work confirms Currie’s status as an athlete and a star, as well as an outstanding musician”— Guardian

 

Past Concerts

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