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

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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!

Scarecrow Festival Gala Concert 2013

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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!

2012 Gala Christmas Concert

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland reverberated, as the choir rounded off a successful 2012, with our annual musical celebration of Christmas, on Thursday 20th December. It was a truly fabulous, heartwarming event, that made it feel our Christmas had really begun.

We were so thrilled to have with us such talented guests: Soprano Aileen Marley, The Georgie Salvation Army Band (ably and touchingly directed by Keith Johnston),  rising star Suzanne Murphy, flautist Bethany Morton and the Craigholme Festival Choir (under the direction of Merle Craig and accompanied by Anne Macfadden), and even to witness a first performance from Olivia Donnelly!

We were also very pleased to have, as supporting accompanists for the evening, the superb musicians John Pitcathley (Fellow of the Academy) and, for his first Christmas in Scotland, our very own Geoffrey Tanti.

We were delighted to be able to raise £800 for each of the two charities that we were supporting that evening: Diabetes UK,  Scotland and The Salvation Army Kenyan Water Development Project

Find out more about our special guests and exciting programme here.

This event is an important one to all the choir and if you missed it we hope you will take a few hours away from the bussle of preparations to join us next year. Is there a carol that means a lot to you? Is there are special event to celebrate or someone to remember? Find out about sponsoring one of the carols in our programme here.

November 15th 2012: Concert for Peace

This was in Sherbrooke St Gilbert’s Church, Pollockshields, where we were delighted to be joined by performers from Craigholme Girls School, including some stunningly gifted soloists. We enjoyed sharing, in the performance of a range of thought provoking music and statements, and hearing inspiring news of the work of the Charity ‘Help for Heroes’.

£329.00 was raised from the retiring collection for ‘Help for Heroes’ .