A larger than usual, and very receptive, audience was propelled into the unknown with the Church Band’s rousing ‘Star Wars’ introductory performance. ‘Eye Level’, or the Van der Valk theme tune, followed, another piece composed in the 1970s. How lucky we are to have such a talented band in our community, generously giving us their time and enthusiasm. Then, in tune with the steady downpour outside, ‘Sailing’ complemented the weather – with a surprising and nautical musical quiz hidden within!
Eagerly awaited, the St Mary and St Giles’ School Orchestra launched into ‘Frѐre Jacques’, expertly coping with the intricacies of the round, both on their own and with the Band. ‘Hallelujah’ delighted us next, a Leonard Cohen favourite, before the tempo was ramped up for ‘Scotland the Brave’ – the audience could barely keep still, with toes tapping and heads nodding, and the exuberant brass section catching us out every time!
After the school orchestra’s next piece, we all joined in with ‘Abide with Me’, a solemn and dignified yet also confidently positive pause in which to reflect on life’s true values. The ever popular pieces, ‘Yesterday’ and ‘New York, New York’, combining thoughtful reflection and bold razzamatazz, were again expertly played by the Band. The school orchestra showed us their commitment and enthusiasm once more before the concert ended with ‘Hello’ and ‘Hava Nagila’.
As always, many, many thanks to Lesley Salter for conducting and organising the concert, and to the wonderful tea making team. £54.53 was donated to the organ fund.
Words by Andrea Hearne, photos by Richard Hearne