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

St James Orchestra

Golden Jubilee
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.

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.

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Ian Watt


St James Orchestra, with Ian Watt (Guitar)

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Saturday 21st November 2015
at 7.30 pm

Paisley Town Hall
Abbey Close

Polovtsian Dances

Guitar Concerto No. 1

Symphony No. 2 (Little Russian)

Tickets £10 (Under 25 £5) available from:

Paisley Arts Centre Box Office
New Street, Paisley

Telephone 0300 300 1210

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