January 2014 Concert

The promise of spring

  The Bothwell Philharmonic Choir & Guests

In concert


St. Andrew’s Scottish School from Buenos Aires

on Friday 24 January 2014

Bothwell Parish Church (G71 8EX) at 7pm

Entry at the door – £5.00, Children under 14 – £3.00

The choir is delighted to welcome back the highly accomplished musicians from this school, on tour from Buenos Aires. On Burn’s night, we hope you will help us give them a proper Scottish welcome. 

The concert is sure to bring the warmth and light that the students are more used to at this time of year, to chase away any damp winter spirits for all who attend. Don’t miss out on your winter ‘pick-me-up’!

Please note that the car-park for the adjacent Church hall will be in full use for other events. These include childrens’ organisations and there will be a risk to the children attending these if concert cars try to enter the already busy area. Please use the surrounding on-street parking.

Grand Christmas Charity Concert 2013

A Bothwell Philharmonic Christmas‘It’s the very best time of the year.’ So join us and make the most of it at the very best pre-christmas concert.

This annual event is not one to miss. The walls of the Royal Scottish Conservatoire will reverberate to the magical medley of Christmas music that is sure to send a tingle down your spine.

The mix of old favourites and new treasures in the music is echoed in the superlative line-up of this year’s guests. Back with us by popular demand are renowned Scottish organist John Pitcathley, the inspirational Gorgie Salvation Army Brass Band and the delightful soprano Aileen Marley.

New additions to this year’s event are the award winning Townhill Primary School Choir and up and coming star -soprano Nicole Dickie.

Tickets (£14) are selling fast. Don’t miss out!

Thursday 19th December 7.30 pm

Royal Scottish Conservatoire 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow G2 3DB

Uddingston Rotary Carol Concert 2013


Christmas rushes at us all so fast. Before we lose ourselves in present buying and the pressures of the season, it is lovely to take a little time out at the start of this special time to share in celebration as a community and the meaning of Christmas to us.

Join us as we make our regular visit to Uddingston Old Parish Church for what has become a very special Christmas afternoon, in association with the Rotary Club of Uddingston.

Sunday 8th December 2013: Doors open 2.00 pm, Concert starts 2.30 pm. Tickets £5.00 available on the door.

Uddingston Old Parish Church, Old Glasgow Road Uddingston, G71 7HF

Musical Memories of Malta 2013

Over the years, the Bothwell Philharmonic has enjoyed visits to Paris, Rome and our Twin Town, Jouy-en-Josas, just outside Versailles. When another trip was suggested, our accompanist Geoffrey Tanti pushed for Malta as his preferred destination. No surprise – Geoffrey is Maltese!

We agreed as the trip was take place in October, Malta would guarantee us some much needed Autumn sunshine and stunning venue options.

On the 14 October, 30 choir members and a motley assortment of husbands, wives and children set off for Malta.

The weather did not disappoint. Hot, sunny days with clear blue skies ensured we made the most of the many sights, historical monuments, harbour cruises and open top bus journeys. Bliss!

We had 2 performances during the 5-day stay. First in the Scots Kirk in Valletta, then at Lija Parish Church outside of Valletta. Lija is the hometown of Geoffrey, our accompanist, and this was to prove a real homecoming for him. Whilst regularly going back to the island to visit his family and friends, it had been 8 years since some of Geoffrey’s family and the locals had heard him play, so it was a packed audience for his ‘musical homecoming‘ concert in Lija.

The choir was on outstanding form with the acoustics of the 14th Century church enhancing every note. There was no doubt the choir was singing for Geoffrey. We all knew what this concert meant to him and were delighted to show his family and friends what he means to us. In addition to accompanying the choir, Geoffrey showed off his skills as an accomplished concert pianist, playing Mendelssohn’s ‘Bee’s Wedding’ and ‘First Arabesque’ by Debussy.

Following the concert the choir made its way along narrow Mediterranean style streets, enclosed on either side by honey-coloured stone houses with intricate wrought iron balconies. It was reminiscent of a movie set, picture postcard perfect! Mr and Mrs Tanti wanted to show us their appreciation by hosting a reception for us at their home. Good food, fine wine and excellent company proved a fitting end to our time in Malta.

The choir also managed to raise around 800 euros for charity projects supported by the two churches.

We aim to offer friendship and a sense of community spirit through music. If ever that was in evidence, it was in Malta.

So where next? Some suggestions are – Nice, Dubai, New York, London,Lake Garda. Watch this space!

St Bride’s Organ Concert

organ musicJoin us to celebrate and support the provision of a much anticipated new organ which will enhance the musical worship of the community at St Bride’s Bothwell.

The concert of sacred music will feature special performances from renowned local organist John Pitcathley.

7.30 p.m. Sunday 3rd November

at St Bride’s Church, Fallside Road, Bothwell G71 8BA

Tickets £3.00 available on the door

Read more about our programme here: St Bride’s Organ Concert

Scarecrow Festival Gala Concert 2013


The 2013 Scarecrow Festival Gala Concert was an evening to remember. The walls of a packed Bothwell Parish Church resonated to a glorious medley of music. Our spectacular rendition of Holy City, led by superb soprano soloist Aileen Marley was a particular hit and even if the skies had been darker earlier in the day, everyone appreciated the Blue Skies swing to their homeward step.

We also enjoyed the opportunity to hear delightful and inspiring performances from local stars – pianist Drew Crichton and Uddingston Grammar’s Young Musician of the Year, Alto Sax player, Catherine Hall. In addition, we were treated to the welcome return of the very versatile tenor Matthew Todd and to the first but hopefully not the last Gala Concert appearance, of the pure lilting quality of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s Mezzo Soprano, Robyn Stapleton.

We were very pleased to be able to contribute to the evening’s fundraising for Yorkhill Children’s Charity.

Roll on next year!

Events 2013-14

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An exciting new schedule is already mapped out for Bothwell Philharmonic Choir fans this year!

  • Our Annual Gala Concert” – as part of “Bothwell Scarecrow Festival”  – Sunday 15 September 2013 – Bothwell Parish Church 7.30pm
  • A Fundraising Concert in aid of the new St Bride’s Organ Appeal – Sunday 3rd November -7.30 pm St Bride’s Church Fallside Road, Bothwell
  • Our AnnualRotary Carol Concert – Sunday 8 December 2013 – Uddingston Old Parish Church 2pm -St Bride’s Church, Fallside Road Bothwell
  • Our “Christmas Spectacular” Concert- Thursday 19 December 2013 – Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – 7.30pm
  • A Special Joint Concert with guests from St Andrew’s School, Buenos Airies – Friday 24 January 2014 (tbc)

Don’t miss out mark your calendar now!

May 2013: Annual Spring Concert

7599572_sWhat promises to be another glorious Spring Concert will be held on the 31st May 2013, in St Brides Church, Fallside Road, Bothwell G71 8BA

The concert will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Mother Angela, the Abbess at the Poor Clare Monastery in Bothwell and will a mixture of sacred and secular music, including some of the favourites of the Abbess.

The programme, with special guests Kirsty Findlay and the Townhill Primary School Choir can be viewed here.

Doors will open at 7 pm and the concert will commence at 7.30 pm. (We respectfully request that only performers should enter the Church before 7 pm). There will be a short interval during the concert. Tickets are £7 (and available at the door).

24th March 2013: An Evening of Sacred Music

an angel watching over us

This concert on Sunday March 24th was held to support the Restoration Project for the historic Bothwell Parish Church. We were amazed at the generosity of those who supported us and allowed us to raise £2000 for the Restoration.

We were delighted to have the additional excellent support of members of choirs from Churches in and around Bothwell for this concert, two fabulous soloists, Aileen Marley and Suzanne Murphy and of course or fabulous accompanist, Geoffrey Tanti. View our programme. The Faure section was particularly special to us, being in memory to the late and much loved former accompanist Jimmy Greenshields was sponsored. We enjoyed a truly glorious occasion exploring a range of classical and modern sacred music and your reviews showed you did too!

 ‘The Bothwell Phil. At it’s very best. A wonderful programme of Sacred Classics in  Lanarkshire’s most beautiful setting’.

‘Once again the choir and soloists lifted my spirits with this inspired programme, thank you’.

‘One of the best Bothwell Phil concerts yet.’

Great concert! Wonderful music! Congratulations to all!

‘Stunning venue for a stunning concert.’

‘Where else would you hear world class soloists for a £7.00 ticket? Truly outstanding.’