Kick back and relax at St Andrews Long Weekend

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A CHANCE to kick back and enjoy a relaxing Long Weekend is being lined up for St Andrews next month.

The community extravaganza, a St Andrews United FC and Tigerfish co-production, will be held at Recreation Park during the first weekend of June - the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The inaugural event will see the home of St Andrews United Football Club transformed into a venue to celebrate the wealth of culture and activity right in the town’s own backyard.

St Andrews Chorus will provide a stunning musical background on the afternoon of Sunday, June 3, while the community fair on Monday the 4th will feature a range of stalls representing a cross-section of St Andrews life.

An event spokesman told the Citizen: ‘‘Thanks to an imaginative partnership between the football club and the Byre Theatre’s Tigerfish production services, staging, seating and stalls will be erected, with the football ground hosting an open air concert on Sunday afternoon.

‘‘Monday, June 4, will see the climax of the Long Weekend - the community fair - where any and all local clubs, community groups and small businesses are invited to take part.

‘‘The stage will host a showcase of talented local artists and the Tay FM Roadshow and DJs will be in full swing, filling the day with music, fun and community spirit!’’

The Sunday concert will feature an enjoyable afternoon of classical music from the St Andrews Chorus, featuring mezzo-soprano Tania Holland Williams, and conducted by Michael Downes.

With orchestral support from the St Andrews Sinfonia, the first half will consist of favourite extracts from Handel operas, oratorios and choral works, including highlights such as ‘Hallelujah chorus’ from Messiah, Zadok the Priest and Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.

The second half will be a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ programme, including Rule Britannia and Land of Hope and Glory as well as Scottish songs such as Ae Fond Kiss and Loch Lomond. 

The spokesman added: ‘‘With support from Tay AM, this afternoon concert will be a chance for the whole family to share beautiful music from a local group, proudly displaying the cultural wealth of St Andrews.’’

Doors will open for the community fair at 11am on Monday, with the event running all the way through to 5pm.

The spokesman said: ‘‘This is an opportunity for everyone in the area for the Long Weekend - townspeople, students and visitors from near and far - to find out about the huge range of activities, services and products that St Andrews has to offer - the town is not just about a top-tier university and a world renowned golf course (or seven!).

‘‘An array of local clubs, community groups and small businesses will be promoting their offerings to attract new members, advertise their meetings and future programmes, showing their contribution to the town. In this way, the day will provide a snapshot of life in St Andrews in 2012.

‘‘The music will continue with a showcase of local talent, hosted by Tay FM’s own personalities, bringing their toadshow to St Andrews and allowing visitors to enjoy the sights and sounds of this historic town.’’

Entry to the community fair on Monday will be free and all are welcome!.

Prices for the Sunday concert are: adults £15; concessions (disabled, OAPs, students) £12; family (two adults + two children, or one adult + three children) £39.

Tickets are available from the Byre Theatre box office and online at www.byretheatre.com. telephone 01334 475000.

For any other questions or expressions of interest, contact St Andrews United FC commercial manager, John Drysdale on 07962 023683 or by email at johndrysdaleconsulting@gmail.com.