Chamber orchestra’s first visit to Bearsden

A UNIQUE chamber orchestra, The Fotheringay Players, are going to perform at Bearsden Baptist Church at 6pm on Sunday, September 16.

The group consists a mixture of professional musicians, teachers and experienced amateurs who come together to raise money for charities.

Their name derives from the Fotheringay Centre at the former United Reformed Church shared with Hutchesons’ Grammar School on Glasgow’s south side where they have played since their first concert in 2004.

The concert in Bearsden will be their first one in another venue.

Conductor, David Bruce, said: “We are looking forward very much to this, our first concert ‘north of the river’.

“With so many of our members being from Bearsden and Milngavie it seems only natural to be playing here and we very much appreciate the invitation of the church to come and enjoy their splendid building.

“We hope that the community will join us in support of this very worthy charity and, at the same time, have the pleasure of the music which brings us all together.”

The Players’ repertoire is mainly based on the works of Haydn, Mozart and their contemporaries but also includes modern and baroque works. Concerts last for about one hour.

The programme on September 16 consists of a short symphony by Handel’s contemporary, William Boyce, a viola concerto by Telemann in which the soloist is Bearsden resident and well-known professional, Yvonne Bryson, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G minor, one of his last three great orchestral works.

They are supporting the ‘Families Together’ project, which seeks to prevent children in Tajikistan being placed in institutional care because of disability and family poverty.