Kirkcaldy orchestra unveils programme for new autumn season

The Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society led by Graeme Wilson, new season begins on Tuesday. Pic: FPA
The Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society led by Graeme Wilson, new season begins on Tuesday. Pic: FPA

Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society (KOS) is gearing up for the start of its new season with a new autumn theme planned for the year ahead.

The music will have a geographical flavour highlighting the beauty of the United Kingdom and foreign shores.

Each year, the society strives to produce a rich programme of concerts in Fife, allowing music lovers of all ages to enjoy performances by a live orchestra.

The theme ‘Mapping the Music - Near and Far’, was chosen by musical director Graeme Wilson, and will set the basis for future concerts.

He said: “It’s good to have a theme to tie it all up together and also to let the audience know that it’s not just random concerts held throughout the year – they are all linked in some way .”

The pieces set for study and performance for the rest of the year will take the audience on a musical journey from Scotland and other parts of the UK and further afield to Italy, France and Finland.

Music which will feature in the coming months include Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, The Merry Wives of Windsor and The Hebrides, Malcolm Arnold’s Scottish Dances and a festive feature of Paddington Bear’s First Concert.

“It was a younger member of the orchestra who presented me with a piece of music and then we built from there,” Graeme continued.

“I set about looking for other music that would fit in with the theme and also appeal to the audience.”

With the season starting again with the first rehearsal on Tuesday, August 18, the Society is offering musicians the opportunity to come along to the weekly rehearsals and take part in future performances.

“Anyone is welcome to come along to our rehearsals, Graeme said.

“We are looking for players of approximately grade 5/6 standard and upwards, and everyone is encouraged to try out no matter how long they have been playing.”

Rehearsals take place at Balwearie High School every Tuesday evening from 6.45 pm until 9 pm where there will be additional information available on the year’s activities and subscriptions, or alternatively, visit www.kirkcaldyorchestralsociety.org