The Hare and the Tortoise was the theme of last week and we launched our February concerts with a a debut in Portobello, catching a glimpse of the sea from the Community Centre, known locally as the Wash House. We loved playing here and are already planning a return trip. We also tested the abilities of Twitter to reach our audience and were delighted to link up with photographer Anna Moffat in this way. Anna took some gorgeous photos throughout the concert and kindly let us use some of them here. The following day we ventured across the bridge to North Queensferry. It was a beautiful day and the views from the Community Centre were stunning. So too were the audience and we will definitely be revisiting Fife for a concert. Next was one of our all time favourite venues, Stockbridge Library. The staff here are amazing and always go out of their way to ensure that our concerts here are a success, both from our perspective and that of the audience. From promoting us, to buggy park managing, Stockbridge Library seem to do everything with a smile on their faces and we love the happy audience that show up.
Behind the scenes we are working hard on our brand new programme ‘Sun, Moon and Stars’ which will premier in Marchmont on February 22 and continue for the remainder of the week in Stockbridge Church, South Queensferry and Morningside. We enjoy discovering new pieces and many hours go into planning and researching a new programme before we even put pen to paper, so to speak. We are always very diligent when it comes to ensuring that any music that we arrange is in the public domain. Generally this means that the composer must have died more than seventy years ago. Sometimes this means finding a piece of music that is perfect for our concert, only to discover that we are not allowed to arrange it. We have at least four new arrangements that have made it past the scrutiny of UK copyright laws and while Clea is away working in Orkney, Louise is busy arranging a few more gems. Next week it will be ‘all systems go’ as we rehearse the new programme and create our story (much of which will be subject to some late night reworking and re-jigging!), before trying it all out on our in-house wrigglers. Fingers crossed that they give us the thumbs up!
As always, we have the fabulous Emma Walker keeping us on track and programming future concerts for us. We have been trying to organise a concert in Linlithgow for a few months now – apologies if Linlithgoers think we’ve forgotten about them. This is not the case, we can assure you! Coordinating our diaries with a busy venue’s diary can sometimes be really frustrating. We will keep trying. However, we will be playing in Torphichen in March, which is not a million miles away, so we hope to see some Linlithgow folk there. Emma is also trying venues in Fife, so we hope to be able to nip over the bridge again for one of our Spring concerts. Watch our Facebook page or sign up to our newsletter for more details (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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