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Royal and Festive Wrigglers

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Wow – time is flying by! We can’t believe it’s nearly 2017. We’ve just enjoyed a busy week of Christmas concerts and many of our audience dressed up in some lovely jumpers. However – the Halloween week was also impressive on that front. We love it when we’re not the only ones dressing up for the occasion.

Talking of occasions – we performed at the Royal Holyrood Palace recently. What a privilege it was and such a great turn out too. We also gave a world premiere of a new piece by Suzanne Parry about King Arthur. It is the first time we have had a story with music running through it entirely – also the first time we’ve been required to sing while playing!

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We’ve been invited back to the palace already – so look out for the date sometime in Spring.

We’re going to take a break until February are gathering some ‘ambassadors’ to help us with promoting the recitals in each location. Do get in touch if you have any ideas to help us spread our wings to new venues.

Have a wonderful holiday and fun new year celebration. See you in February!

Clea, Louise and Aisling.

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Welcome Aisling!

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Last month we had a full week of concerts and Aisling experienced the Wriggler fun as our new violinist. For the first time we played a recital every day for seven days!

Scottish Chamer Orchestra 2015

It was our first time to the Fire Station Creative in Dunfermline. What a fabulous building and with a lovely cafe downstairs with great artwork on the walls. A perfect venue for us. We returned to Linlithgow Bowling Club and our regular haunts around Edinburgh. Talking of haunts – our next concerts have a Halloween theme to feel free to dress up. The story is our take on Hansel and Gretel – much less scary and with a Scottish slant. Louise will be coming back to play these recitals and is looking forward to seeing your outfits!

We also had a curious tweet courtesy of buzzfeed. I didn’t know whether to be offended or chuffed! What do you think?!

Keep in touch via facebook, twitter and our new website and we hope to see you at the end of the month.

Clea, Louise and Aisling

Wrigglers on the Fringe!

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14107739_555646817951887_4948227854161329945_oWow – what a month!

Louise returned to Edinburgh with Clea for a week of shows in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. We played thirteen shows – most of them at Stockbridge church and a few in the Zoom Club at Summerhall.

We had a great reception again and sold out a number of our performances. It was also the first time we had CD’s to sell.

Next month we have a full week of shows with Aisling and Clea. Louise will be setting up some performances down south – we are expanding!

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As ever we are grateful for your ideas and comments – especially regarding new venue possibilities. 14102859_555646424618593_6330859306609550532_o

Do go to our facebook page to see more photos and to our website to get dates of our up-coming shows and to order our fabulous CD ‘Music for Wrigglers’.

Revving up for the Fringe

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We’re getting ready for our shows next month at the Edinburgh Fringe and excitement is in the air, as we have recorded a new CD! ‘Music for Wrigglers’ will be available to buy at the festival and is packed full of our favourite music. It includes a piece written for us by Eugene Skeef, which we premiered last year, and will play this year, in the ‘Wriggle Around the World’ programme. We have also recorded Paul Englishby’s ‘Moon Song’, which he wrote especially for our ‘Sun, Moon and Stars’ programme, and we will premier it on August 15th. We had a really great time recording the CD under the expertise of sound engineer Andrew Lang, from the Royal Academy of Music. The studio we used was also shared by the RAM theatre department, and the temptation to raid the boxes of costumes was almost too great! We resisted the urge to dress up, you’ll be pleased to hear, and instead concentrated on recording a broad repertoire for you and your Wrigglers to dance and sing along to.  

 
 
Ben Newman has designed the CD cover and it is awesome! We love his work so much and he never fails to surprise us with a new and exciting twist on his bunny design. Here is a sneak preview from his website;


Ben also has a children’s book out on October 1st, so peruse his website for this, and other beautiful books and illustrations. http://www.bennewman.co.uk
Clea had a great time at Drumbrae Library’s family fun day, where she was joined by violinist Mai Kawabata. Mai thoroughly enjoyed playing the ‘Dance into Summer’ programme and she’s sure to be back again. This was a really enjoyable event and we hope to return next year.
   
Clea has been designing our new website, which will soon be up and running. You will be able to find out about upcoming events and, in the case of the fringe shows, buy tickets. You will also be able to order our CD, view our photo gallery and read the biographies of our Wrigglers team, plus link to our email, Facebook and Twitter pages easily. We’ll let you know when it goes live.

Time to get back to our fringe shows! We’re re-jigging both programmes for the festival, so even if you have already wriggled around the world, or experienced the ‘Sun, Moon and Stars’ with us, do come and hear a new and improved version (and return home with a shiny new CD!). Don’t forget to book your tickets! 

Shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival:

Sun, Moon and Stars
August 15, 16, 17, 19 and 20 at 2pm.
Stockbridge Church – EH3 5BN (Venue 317).
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=Wrigglers


Wriggle Around the World
August 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 at 10.30am.
Stockbridge Church – EH3 5BN (Venue 317).
https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=Wrigglers


Wriggle Around the World
August 15, 16, 17, 19 and 20 at 4pm
Summerhall – EH9 1PL 
Tickets on the door

Summer is here!

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…at least it was two weeks ago when we entertained audiences with our ‘Dance into Summer’ programme! We visited venues in Edinburgh and Fife, including some new ones in Aberdour, Linlithgow and Dalgety Bay, which we hope to return to in the Autumn. Sadly, we had to cancel two gigs as we had low ticket sales for these. This just demonstrates how important it is to book your tickets (it’s always nice to know that someone is coming!) and as soon as we had cancelled the concerts, we had a few people say that they were going to come! Had we known, we would have played for you! We had the opposite problem in Stockbridge and South Queensferry which reached capacity. 

 The lovely hall at St Fillians, Aberdour.

Our new team member, Aisling, made her debut with Recitals for Wrigglers at Morningside, standing in for Louise on violin. Aisling will be back for more concerts in September, a busy month for us as we are planning the launch of Recitals for Wrigglers South. Do tell any friends and family down South who may wish to wriggle with us!  

 Aisling, getting into the groove with Clea and Morningside Wrigglers.

Excitement is building as we organise our Edinburgh fringe concerts. We are playing two programmes at Stockbridge Church; our ‘Wriggle Around the World’ programme and ‘Sun, Moon and Stars’. 

‘Wriggle Around the World’  includes a fabulous piece written for us by the South African percussionist and composer, Eugene Skeef, and the programme has an international theme. This show was a fringe sellout last year and we love the programme so much that we will be repeating it at the Zoom Club at Summerhall at 4pm on most days during the week of August 15. We don’t yet have a link for the Zoom Club concerts, but here is a link for Stockbridge; https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/wriggle-around-the-world

  
Composer Paul Englishby.

Exciting news this week is that the award winning film composer, Paul Englishby, has composed a piece for our ‘Sun, Moon and Stars’ programme. It arrived this week and it is beautiful. You can read about Paul here (leave plenty of time as he has done so many amazing things!); http://www.englishby.com/#!biography/c1enr

To find out about our ‘Sun, Moon and Stars’ programme at Stockbridge Church, you can follow this link; https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/sun-moon-and-stars

We are recording a CD in London in July and we are currently working on the playlist. If you have any suggestions of music you would like to hear on the CD, whether it’s a piece that we have played at a concert, or just a piece that you and your wriggler would enjoy, please do get in touch. 

Let’s hope that the summer weather returns soon!

 Angus the Mexican, at Stockbridge Library.

Wrigglers are blossoming!

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This is very exciting time for us – not only is the sun shining in Scotland but we have our biggest run of concerts ever!

We are going to play in seven new venues and we have a new member of our team. Aisling (pronounced Ashling!) is a fabulous violinist who is going to share future gigs with Louise. As you may have heard Louise has moved down south and so we are expanding. Aisling is been a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and is looking forward to meeting you all. (Louise and Aisling will be sharing this next block of concerts.)

New venues are in Dunfermline, Dalgety Bay, Linlithgow, Barnton, Aberdour and Craigmillar. We really need your help in spreading the word – so if you have any ideas or contacts that could help do get in touch!

The programme is called ‘Dance in to Summer’ and includes some fabulous music such as Vivaldi’s ‘Summer’. If you need an excuse to put on some summer clothes – this is it!!

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Scottish Chamer Orchestra 2015
Scottish Chamber Orchestra 2015

Wow! What a month!

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Following a fun packed week of Spring concerts in March, I moved 400 miles away and am now officially a southerner again! Clea is still based in Edinburgh and she and our Marketing Consultant and programmer, Emma, are busy working on our forthcoming concert schedule, while I (and my merry team of helpers!) unpack boxes.  
 We are planning a full week of recitals in May and June, in and around Edinburgh, and over in Fife, playing our ‘Dance into Summer’ programme. This is a really lovely programme packed full of dance music, ballet music, folk dances – a whole selection of dance music to wriggle and boogie too. We always have great fun performing this programme! I will be working on some new arrangements from afar, while Clea and Emma organise bookings and work on publicity more locally. Alongside our regular venues in Stockbridge, Marchmont and South Queensferry, we will be visiting brand new venues in Linlithgow and Fife. We loved our day trip over the water to North Queensferry back in February, so in May we will be visiting Dunfermline, Aberdour and Dalgety Bay. If you have friends in Fife, do tell them! We will also be returning to venues such as Morningside Parish Church and Portobello Community Centre, which are not always free when we want them to be! For a full list of our concerts, you can sign up to our newsletter here; http://wordpress.us11.list-manage1.com/subscribe?u=c320d409eb77a885fa5aa30d2&id=1fb1202816

Clea with one of our younger wrigglers!
Our Edinburgh Fringe shows are shaping up nicely and it is set to be an exciting week performing two different programmes in two seperate venues. We will be whizzing between Stockbridge Church and Summerhall to bring to you our ‘Wriggle Around the World’ and ‘Sun, Moon and Stars’ programmes, both of which we are tweaking and rewriting for the occasion! It’s going to be a lot of fun! Clea is also busy putting together an orchestral concert during the same week, which we will both be playing in, featuring the jazz trumpeter Ryan Quigley. The concert is to raise money for the charity SAWA, which you can read more about here; http://www.sdaid.org/

Although my trusty violin, computer and I will be in the south, my heart will be in Edinburgh as we put the finishing touches to our programmes, and I am looking forward to travelling up for a bit of Scottish air (and weather!)! In the not too distant future I will be establishing ‘Recitals for Wrigglers South’, so if you have friends in the Surrey, Berkshire or London areas, why not forward our blog/Facebook page to them. Here is a link to find out about ‘Recitals for Wrigglers South’; http://eepurl.com/bYrSon

Don’t forget to check our Facebook page for details of our ‘Dance into Summer’ programme in May/June, which promises to be a fun and busy week! Right…on with the unpacking. Now where did I put the tea bags?!