Happy 70th birthday to Milngavie Music Club

James Gilchrist
James Gilchrist

MILNGAVIE Music Club celebrates its 70th anniversary on Friday, October 26 with a concert in Cairns Church.

There will be a recital of songs by Purcell, Britten, Ravel, Bernstein and Schubert sung by tenor James Gilchrist with pianist Anna Tillbrook.

James Gilchrist is one of Britain’s finest singers whose stellar career has taken him to many of the world’s greatest concert halls and his many recordings have been highly praised. Included in his programme is a work by Benjamin Britten, Winter Words, that had its Scottish premiere at a Milngavie Music Club concert in 1953, when Britten himself accompanied tenor Peter Pears.

Spokesperson for Milngavie Music Club, John Edwards, said: “In October 1942, during the darkest days of the war, a group of enthusiasts got together to form Milngavie Music Club. Their purpose was to provide the people of Milngavie with concerts of classical music performed by the finest musicians they could find. Their belief was that great art could be an inspiration to people of all ages and backgrounds in difficult times. Over the years they were able to invite some of the world’s finest classical performers to come to our community and play or sing to large and appreciative audiences, and Milngavie Music Club became one of the most highly regarded voluntary music promoters of its kind in Scotland. 70 years later, Milngavie Music Club is still thriving and providing music lovers in our area with concerts of the highest international quality.”

Tickets cost £10, school age children get in for free, they are available from Milngavie Bookshop, The Iron Chef or Cairns Church on the night.