Lis­ten up, it’s the Kin­ross Kar­cophony Orches­tra

Perthshire Advertiser - - THE TICKET -

A rous­ing Ar­mistice Day con­cert in Perth Con­cert Hall will re­mem­ber the Great War in songs and sto­ries, with con­tri­bu­tions from the world as a whole record­ing the ex­pe­ri­ences of sol­diers from In­dia the Caribbean and Africa.

No Man’s Land on Sun­day, Novem­ber 11 will fea­ture Blue Rose Code, Raghu Dixit, Kris Dr­ever, ESKA, Karine Pol­wart and De­clan O’Rourke.

In a one-off com­ing to­gether for the cel­e­bra­tion of the ar­mistice, they will be sup­ported by the Made in Perthshire show house band, which is made of Ross Ainslie (pipes, whis­tles), Seon­aid Aitken (vi­o­lin), Alice Allen (cello), Graeme Stephen (gui­tar), Signy Jakob­s­dot­tir (drums, per­cus­sion), Dave Mil­li­gan (pi­ano), Ben Ni­cholls (bass) and Patsy Reid (fid­dle, vi­ola).

No Man’s Land will tell sto­ries from a di­verse range of view­points, from dif­fer­ent sides of the con­flict and its af­ter­math. Ex­pect fa­mil­iar songs though not nec­es­sar­ily per­formed how you’re used to hear­ing them - and some not so well-known, some have been spe­cially writ­ten for the show.

Tick­ets cost £27.50, avail­able from Horsecross Arts Box Of­fice on 01738 621031 or visit Kin­ross Kar­cophony Orches­tra will be giv­ing a grand per­for­mance at Loch Leven Cam­pus on Wed­nes­day night that in­cludes the theme from Thun­der­birds.

A mixed group of mu­si­cians started meet­ing in Kin­ross in April and be­fore they knew it, an orches­tra was born.

Now the KKO is blast­ing into new worlds with a ren­di­tion of the Suite from The Plan­ets by Gus­tav Holst (ar­ranged by John­nie Vin­son) and Thun­der­birds by Barry Gray (ar­ranged by Richard Ling).

This will be KKO’s sec­ond pub­lic per­for­mance, with the 25 or so mem­bers hav­ing worked on th­ese pop­u­lar pieces over past weeks, plus Fan­fare and Flour­ishes by James Curnow and The Lord of the Dance by Ro­nan Hardi­man (ar­ranged by John­nie Vin­son) .

Founder mem­ber Bouwien Ben­net ex­plained how the orches­tra has snow­balled with en­thu­si­as­tic Kin­ross res­i­dents ea­ger to blow, blast and strum: “This pub­lic per­for­mance will be our tenth re­hearsal. The orches­tra has been a great suc­cess, we have a bit of ev­ery­thing - oboe, French horn, flute, alto and also tenor sax, vi­o­lin, and lots of brass. We are old, young, ex­pe­ri­enced and not so.

“The main thing is ev­ery­body looks for­ward to our re­hearsals and it is a lot of fun.

“Our con­duc­tor Dougie Flower has brought us along from the start. But he is off for the last two ses­sions be­cause he’s work­ing as mu­si­cal di­rec­tor at Pit­lochry Fes­ti­val The­atre for their fes­tive show. In his place we are lucky to have Tom Smith, who will be con­duct­ing for our per­for­mance at the cam­pus on Novem­ber 14.”

The con­cert on Wed­nes­day night is at Loch Leven Com­mu­nity Cam­pus, 8pm. En­try is free. Kin­ross-shire Lo­cal Events Or­gan­i­sa­tion has ar­ranged a va­ri­ety of other events for its Win­ter Fes­ti­val through Novem­ber and De­cem­ber, see

ESKA tells the story of the women left be­hind Kin­ross Kar­cophony Orches­tra


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