Spring is in the air for Orchestral Society

Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society during a rehearsal
Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society during a rehearsal
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KIRKCALDY Orchestral Society (KOS) perform ‘ concert ‘Spring Into Summer’ at the Adam Smith Theatre next week.

This latest performance by the society’s talented musicians takes place on March 17.

The programme for the concert includes ‘Spring’ and ‘Summer’ from Vivaldi’s ‘The Seasons’; ‘A Symphony of Seasons’ by John Gourlay in what will be the first performance of the complete work; Strauss’ ‘Voices of Spring’ and three Chinese pieces by Michael Short.

Solo violinist Alison Miller will join KOS for this performance, and there will also be a combined performance by KOS with special guests, the Edinburgh Chinese Community Orchestra.

The appearance comes as KOS has strong links with China.

Graeme Wilson, music director, explained: “It all started when Olivia Gray acquired an erhu, a one stringed Chinese violin.

“Olivia was then a member of Fife Council’s instrumental music staff.

“Olivia and her colleague Olwen Balfour undertook world music projects and introduced music of different cultures and many countries to pupils in many schools across Fife.

“As well as that, a separate project took music with a difference to children who would often respond to sounds with their imaginations.

“Meanwhile in AvisonPlus, another musical ensemble in which Olivia and I play, as well as Suzanne Jackson of KOS, we came to know the Chinese musician Kim Ho Ip, a composer working at Edinburgh University.

Kim Ho performed with the group a couple of years ago.

“All of this fermented and when Olivia became involved with the Edinburgh Chinese Community Orchestra, an idea crossed my mind to have KOS embrace a different culture.”

The concert takes place at the Adam Smith Theatre on Sunday, March 17.