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St James Orchestra, Paisley
St James Church, Underwood Road, Paisley, PA3 1TL

St James Orchestra

Golden Jubilee Dinner & Ceilidh
The orchestra would like to welcome past members and friends to join us in our Golden Jubilee celebrations.

In July the orchestra went on tour to Germany, with three wonderful concerts in the Düsseldorf area.

The Golden Jubilee Dinner and Ceilidh is in the Lynnhurst Hotel, Johnstone, on Saturday 1st November. Please contact or phone the secretary on 01505 816132 for details.

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.

James Willshire

Golden Jubilee Concert

St James Orchestra, with James Willshire (Piano)

Saturday 22nd November 2014
at 7.30 pm

Paisley Town Hall
Abbey Close, Paisley

Join us for this concert to celebrate our Jubilee!

The programme includes some of the most popular music in the Classical repertoire, including the 2nd Piano Concerto by Rachmaninov, music from Bizet's Carmen, and the Champagne Polka by Johann Strauss. The programme opens with a Scottish favourite, Hamish MacCunn's Land of the Mountain and the Flood, and two short pieces with historical significance for the orchestra; Sinfonietta was written by Richard Rodney Bennett for the Golden Jubilee of The National Federation of Music Societies (now Making Music) and St James Orchestra gave the first Scottish performance; Paul Leonard-Morgan was commissioned to write Mindscape by St James Orchestra in 1993 with funds from the BT/NFMS innovation awards.

Tickets £10 (Under 26 £5) available from:

Paisley Arts Centre Box Office
New Street, Paisley

Telephone 0300 300 1210

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