Con­cert raises £475 for the hall

The Galloway News - - SCHOOL NEWS -

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.

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