In 2014 the orchestra celebrated its Golden Jubilee.
The highlights were:
A tour to Germany in July, when the orchestra performed three concerts in the Düsseldorf area to very appreciative audiences.
A Civic Reception from Renfrewshire Council, dinner & Ceilidh in November, when past and present members enjoyed a wonderful evening. Provost Anne Hall of Renfrewshire Council spoke about the achievements of the orchestra; people who had not seen each other for a long time met up and renewed friendships.
The Jubilee Concert in Paisley Town Hall, when the orchestra was joined by James Willshire for a performance of Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto, in a programme which included pieces with a special place in the history of the orchestra along with popular classics.
A Jubilee book is currently being produced. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the secretary on 01505 816132 for further information.
St James Orchestra
For 50 years in Paisley, St James Orchestra has been at the centre of musical activity. Rehearsing and performing in the superb setting of St James Church, the Orchestra gives at least two concerts each year. Repertoire includes both traditional works from the concert platform and newer or more unusual works, including many premières. The ethos is 'music making for fun' and the atmosphere friendly and welcoming. If you play an orchestral instrument, or even if you just like orchestral music, read on!
St James Orchestra was formed in 1964 to accompany a performance by the church choir. The orchestra thereafter developed an identity of its own, though links with the church have been maintained and the facilities of the church are still used for weekly rehearsals.
In 50 years, the orchestra has performed over 150 different works by more than 70 composers and regularly breaks new ground in terms of works and musical styles. The repertoire of the orchestra extends from the Baroque through most of the major Classical and Romantic composers to works of this century. In addition to the standard concert repertoire, the orchestra has a commitment to the work of living composers and has regularly premiered, and occasionally commissioned, new music.
St James Orchestra has premiered a number of new works over the years by composers including Paul Leonard-Morgan, Martin Dalby and Tom David Wilson. The orchestra has commissioned some of these works.
As well as established professional musicians, soloists have included young musicians at the start of their career, for whom performing with an amateur orchestra can provide valuable experience.
As part of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations, a party of 53 members and friends set off for Germany in July 2014, playing to very enthusiastic, appreciative audiences in the Düsseldorf area.
St James Orchestra, with Charlie Drummond (Soprano)
Saturday 25th April 2015
at 7.30 pm
Holy Trinity and St Barnabas Church
Moss Street, Paisley
Overture Hansel and Gretel
Four Last Songs
Symphony No. 2
Tickets £10 (Under 26 £5) available from:
Paisley Arts Centre Box Office
New Street, Paisley
Telephone 0300 300 1210