Scottish Recorder Orchestra

Sunday December 11th 2011, Stirling

Christmas concert 2011

The Scottish Recorder Orchestra enjoyed a packed residential weekend at Tulliallan in the late autumn. We were fortunate to have not only our MD Eileen Silcocks, but also our associate conductor Dietrich Schnabel from the Dortmund Recorder Orchestra with whom we have collaborated in the past.
Such was the enthusiasm of orchestra members that one of the players arrived with a complete set of instruments and NO clothes.

In December the orchestra once again combined with Cathures choir under Katy Cooper and performed a Christmas concert in Stirling. The programme was a delightful mixture of old and new music with recorders and voices mixing well together.

The concert opened with Jerusalem, a piece that first appeared in John Forbes' Songs & Fancies in 1662. The orchestra's rendering of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen followed this; an arrangement by Rosin that had the audience somewhat astounded but produced some loud applause. It certainly warmed up both players and audience on a very cold day.

The choir continued by singing some beautiful pieces by William and John Munday; Beati immaculate in via and Unto thee lift I up mine eyes. These were followed by an orchestral arrangement of A solis ortus cardine by Michael Praetorius.

The most ambitious offering was a two choir and voices piece by Hieronymus Praetorius Ecce Dominus veniet. The church rang to a truly wonderful sound that must have raised the rafters.
The choir then raised their voices with a set of four carols by R. R.Terry that included Tryste Noel and The King's birthday.

Orchestra and choirNo concert by the orchestra would be complete without one of Dietrich Schnabel's compositions. This time it was his Sabeltanz (sabre dance) and Paso Doble. The Pasa Doble had everyone 'looking round for the bull!' (a very fast moving bull, especially for the bass section).

The concert finished with choir and orchestra combining with Elliot's arrangement of John Forbes' Ecce Novum Gaudium.

A good programme that left players, choristers and audience feeling pretty happy and uplifted.

Jean MacDonald

Poster - Concert programme