Scottish Recorder Orchestra

Sunday June 12th 2011, Kinross

2011 concert poster

The Scottish Recorder Orchestra conducted by Eileen Silcocks, has had a very successful year culminating in a concert in Kinross Parish Church. Kinross is an attractive small town situated 20 miles south of Perth on Loch Leven.

The church, built by George Angus in 1832, has recently been renovated and has a beautiful spacious interior well suited to the performance of music both sacred and secular.

The church regularly hosts musical groups so we had a large audience of members of the church as well as the Kinross public who were intrigued by a recorder orchestra. They may have come out of curiosity but went away with a good impression according to the interest shown. Even a violinist from the BBC Symphony Orchestra seemed impressed. Admittedly one very small boy had a nap in the middle but the other children were most attentive.

Eileen introduce the audience to the range of instruments and it was impressive as our solid group of contra players were ranged at the back three steps higher than the rest-an awesome sight!

Our programme included both sacred and secular, ranging from the 17th century baroque until the present day with a composition especially for recorder orchestra by Steve Marshall.

The programme started with Paisible’s Sonata in C and had us tripping through three very light footed dances. This was followed by a sacred piece, Lamentabatur Jacob by Marenzio that sounded both beautiful and fitting in the church surroundings. In contrast the orchestra then performed Symphony No. 3 by Steve Marshall. This is a long work and all four movements are totally different in pace and mood. It includes Allegro, blues, moderato/vivace and a presto finale. Next came Schein’s Banquetto Musicale.

As a tribute to Brian Bonsor who had died earlier in the year we played his well-known piece, the 17th Farewell to Alva.

For a rousing finale we swung into Paul Richard’s arrangement of Joshua! As it happens at the church service that morning there had been a reading from Joshua but I think Paul’s interpretation took the audience by surprise.

Jean MacDonald

Poster - Concert programme