Concert raises £475 for the hall
A full house at New Galloway Town Hall’s fundraising concert raised £475.
That was thanks to The Vintage Ensemble featuring soprano Janette Davidson accompanied by husband Geoff, who also played Yinpanni (piano duet) with his friend Mike Stenhouse. The evening was compered by Geoff.
The ensemble, under maestro Jonnie Dowswell of New Galloway, describe themselves as a group of local amateur musicians who meet in Kirkpatrick Durham to play for their own amusement and occasionally share the fun with an audience.
Geoff is a professional musician now living in New Galloway.
Decor specialist Julia Brown, of Creations for Occasions, dressed the hall with black chair covers and dark blue sashes pinned with a brooch and with Black Watch table covers and flickering lanterns. And the dramatic Faed painting was on display.
Concert-goers were able to take along their own bottles, creating a friendly atmosphere. Ozzie the mascot added to the applause by barking on cue.
The varied programme started with Handel’s Music for Royal Fireworks, in recognition of the royal wedding; songs from musicals; some ragtime; those of a certain age would have recognised the theme tune from Listen with Mother; and there was a tribute to Scotland with A Land for all Seasons and Highland Cathedral.