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

St James Orchestra

Golden Jubilee 2014
The orchestra would like to contact all past members and friends so that we can send everyone full information about the celebrations for our 50th birthday. Please send your name and contact details (saying what instrument you played if appropriate) to with the subject heading 'Jubilee contact'.

We promise some exciting events!

St James Orchestra
For over 40 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 used for both weekly rehearsals and two concerts each year.

In 40 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.

In 2000, St James Orchestra received a grant from the National Lottery Awards for All scheme and commissioned Martin Dalby to compose three short movements based on the music of the Scottish fiddle composer James Scott Skinner. The resulting suite, A Wheen in Doric, received its first performance at our November 2000 concert.

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.
Martin Storey

St James Orchestra, with Martin Storey (Cello)

Sunday 23rd March 2014
at 7.30 pm
Holy Trinity & St Barnabas Church
Moss Street
Paisley PA3 2AF

Martin Storey joins St James Orchestra for a performance of Schumann's Cello Concerto. The programme includes Rossini's Overture The Thieving Magpie and Fanfares and Medley by Robin Erskine. This is a fascinating orchestration of popular Scottish melodies with Fanfares interspersed among them, written by this Paisley based composer. The Symphony is the ever - popular 5th Symphony by Beethoven.

Tickets £8 (Under 26 £2).
Tickets available from 17th February from:

Paisley Arts Centre Box Office
New Street
Telephone 0300 300 1210

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