Who's who in Amicus?

Tuesday June 12, 2018

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Amicus orchestra is very special orchestra and we are celebrating our 10thAnniversary with a very special Gala Concert.

Amicus was founded by members of NYOS (National Youth Orchestra of Scotland) Camerata who aspired to keep playing in an orchestra at the highest possible level as they left NYOS and moved into their chosen careers. So it is completely appropriate that we are joined on June 17thby current members of NYOS Symphony Orchestra for this brilliant occasion. Having so much young and exciting talent amongst is very exciting.

Our leader for this concert, Gordon Bragg, is also a NYOS alumnus. He was until recently the second violinist in the Edinburgh quartet and now plays for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as sub-principal 2ndviolin. Gordon also conducted amicus in 2013.

We are particularly pleased we welcome back as conductor the inspiring Catherine Larsen-McGuire, who is based in Berlin. We all learn so much from Catherine who conducted us in February 2017 and are very lucky that she can join us again.

Our soloist for Strauss Four Last Songs is making her return to Glasgow, where she studied at the Alexander Gibson Opera School of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan reached the final rounds of the Cardiff Singer of the World in 2017. This is her first performance of the Strauss and anyone in the audience will be privileged to hear her as she is clearly a rising star.

 

Last year we were lucky to have the oboist Nigel Shore, playing with us and after the concert he wrote in his blog: “Had a wonderful Strauss Concerto weekend with the Amicus Orchestra in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Glasgow. What a great bunch of people and wow, what a violin section! It was really good to be able to sit back and enjoy the slow movement with a true Straussian string sound. So energetically and sensitively conducted by Catherine Larsen-Maguire too.” We’ll try not to disappoint Anush!

Being able to assemble such a large orchestra means we can take on the Titan, Mahler’s 1stSymphony. As we are normally a chamber orchestra it is a wonderful opportunity. There aren’t many pieces that include 10 French horns!


Strauss: Four Last Songs
Mahler: Symphony No 1
Venue: Bute Hall, University of Glasgow
Conductor: Catherine Larsen-Maguire
Soprano: Anush Hovhannisyan
Tickets on the door or from the orchestra website www.amicusorchestra.com

 

Blog by Amicus member, Alison Hutcheson.

Photos courtesy of Bill Kean.

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Eva Cassidy Tribute

Friday June 8, 2018

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Ellyn Oliver is one of Scotland’s most in-demand session vocalists.  Her unique voice is controlled skillfully to produce both soft tones likened to Eva Cassidy or Norah Jones, as well as strong powerful belts likened to Adele or Aretha.

Her distinctive vocals have made an appearance in many popular Scottish bands and projects, ranging from being backed by an orchestra, choir and band in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, to running successful regular solo acoustic nights.
In the few years Ellyn has been working professionally, she has completed 3 tours of Scotland, played live on national TV and radio (BBC), sang in 2 productions staged in George Square, Glasgow and multiple solos in Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and the Edinburgh Usher Hall.

Most weekends, Ellyn is out performing at weddings and events – both as a solo artist during the ceremonies and as part of evening function bands.  She is a popular choice for backing vocals for some of Scotland’s best singer/songwriters, a regular performer in an annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival show and has headlined her own show at the Limavady Jazz and Blues Festival.

Ellyn’s career has also brought her further afield to perform and work with the international NGO, Tearfund in Malawi, and tour with charity Origin in Cape Town, South Africa with the Cape Town Gospel Choir and Orchestra.

Fancy seeing Ellyn at Cottiers this weekend? Click here for the booking information.

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Gatsby Midsummer Ball

Wednesday June 6, 2018

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The Gatsby Club, Scotland's largest 1920s themed cabaret and club night, returns with our Midsummer Ball as part of the West End Festival!

You will be dazzled by bright lights, lavish surroundings and a beautiful stage which plays host to our fabulous show. Settle down at one of our candle-lit tables with a bottle of champagne and prepare for the show to begin!



On the line-up we have international burlesque starlet, MARA DE NUDÉE, flying all the way from Paris to headline the night. We also have vintage close-harmony trio; THE RAGTIME DOLLS, cabaret songstress & musical saw player; MARKEE DE SAW, hula hoop extraordinaire; VOLCANIC ASH, and vaudevillian cabaret duo & comperes for the evening; THE CREATIVE MARTYRS.


After the show we have live music from Leeds based 6-piece swing ensemble, THE BIG EASY, followed by resident gramophone DJ, LORD HOLYRUDE, who will keep toes tapping and flappers flapping into the wee small hours. So make sure to have your dancing shoes on and your Charleston moves at the ready!

After the show make sure to get down to the front of the stage for The Gatsby Club's official ballroom photograph. Have your image frozen in time amongst our glamorous performers, cast and audience members.

We'll also be running our usual end of show raffle with lots of fantastic prizes to be won so make sure to purchase your raffle tickets on the door.



Other highlights include our cupcake stall brought to you by Sweet Cupkates Bakery, and our glamorous photobooth, courtesy of Pearl & Plum Photography.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

Guest blog post by Clare Smith, Producer and Director, The Gatsby Club

 

Event information:


Dress Code: Glitz and glamour, top hats and spats, black or white tie, waistcoats, flapper dresses, long pearl necklaces. Please no casual attire.


***** - The Skinny


Doors: 7:30pm (event runs until 2am)
Show/Band: 8:30pm-11:30pm
Aftershow: 11:30pm-2:00am
Tickets: £18 (full night) / £7 (aftershow only)
Table Reservations: Available to purchase through ticket link. (Please note that plenty of unreserved seating is also available in the venue and large groups can reserve areas of the balcony. Please get in touch with clare@thegatsbyclub.co.uk prior to the event to book)
Venue: Glasgow University Union (GUU)
Box Office: www.designmynight.com

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Charles would approve

Tuesday June 5, 2018

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After my many years of teaching the public how to stencil Mackintosh I am still in admiration with the way children take any creativity in their stride!

With no fear, they seize the brush and a bunch of colour no one would have thought off, and embark on a voyage of discovery. I think Charles would approve... I mean Charles Rennie Mackintosh! The glorious architect celebrated this year with a 150th anniversary celebration.

I am a great fan of the pupils of Hillhead Primary, Primary Seven, who last October took part in my Big Banner Project. They were so involved in the stencilling workshops I ran that we ended up with spare time and managed to stencil this huge banner that today adorns the lobby of the school. Many schools have splashed out in a piece of art that a chosen artist create for them but few schools have a piece made by its own pupils.

And indeed not many pupils make a piece of work exhibited in a gallery - Hillhead pupils did. Their banner was in The Lighthouse, Scotland's Centre for Design and Architecture, for two weeks! 

From pupil to artist it only took a short step, but we could not stop there… from artist to teacher is another small jump. We had to do this

Outreach is a great concept. You have some knowledge and you pass it on to as many people as you can. That is what we do! That is what they will do!

The children of Hillhead Primary. I want them to have a go” at teaching the technique they have learned from me to their parents, friends and of course, you, the public!

What a great feeling to see them embarking on this adventure of sharing. 12 children with a brush in their hand showing everyone how to stencil! I think the West End Festival is the perfect opportunity for this.

You can find us on the Plaza of Hillhead Primary on the morning 23rd June with a stencilling brush in our hand waiting for you! We want to teach you all about Mackintosh roses :)

Click here for the event information

Elisabeth Viguie Culshaw from The Lansdowne House of Stencils

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Thistle Gallery Art of Words exhibition

Monday June 4, 2018

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An exciting new exhibition is now underway at the west end's Thistle Gallery after a successful preview weekend.

The Gallery was full of book and art-lovers alike...here are a few images of what lies in store...but you really must visit to truly appreciate the diversity of work in every medium and the wide array of literature which has inspired the artists.


In addition to their normal opening hours this Thursday, June 7th and next Thursday, June 14th, the Gallery is privileged to be hosting two charity events in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support from 7pm.

Two acclaimed authors, Graeme Macrae Burnet and Carl MacDougall, will be reading extracts from their books. And a cornucopia of talented writers of poetry and short stories will also be present each evening, who have participated in two anthologies 'Ten Writers, Telling Lies' and 'Honest Error'.

Tickets for these events, £15, are selling fast and include wine and canapés. A raffle which features a painting by popular artist Jackie Henderson who has donated 'The Secret Garden' artwork to help boost funds for the Macmillan Charity will also be included.

Please email carol@thistle-gallery.com or call 07745392117 to secure your tickets for what promises to be two memorable evenings exploring the bond between art and literature.

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Preview: Take A Walk on the Weill Side

Monday June 4, 2018

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At the West End Festival launch, the night before the festival kicked off, Taylor Wilson and Karen MacIver performed an excerpt of their WEF 2018 performance "Take A Walk on the Weill Side".

Kurt Weill was one of the greatest theatre showmen of his day. He wrote music of biting satire and wit, with stories of cruel, calculating women battling against the politics of wartorn Europe. His genius endures with classics from Mack the Knife to Pirate Jenny, brought to life by celebrated chanteuse Taylor Wilson, together with the acclaimed Karen MacIver Trio. 

Keith Bruce, former Art's Editor at The Herald, said:

"Very fortunate to be at preview of next Saturday’s Take a Walk on the Weill Side at Glasgow’s CRM Queen’s Cross Church this evening. Don’t
miss Taylor Wilson and Karen MacIvor @musicdesignuk when they unveil the full show at St Mary’s Cathedral for @westendfest on June 9".
If you plan to attend, here's the link.
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Opening Weekend Lane and Street Parties

Monday June 4, 2018

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On the opening weekend of the West End Festival, we had many local community events taking place in gardens, streets and lanes.

Here are some of the pictures from the weekend!

Wilton Street Garden Fete

 

Ashton Lane Street Party

Tea Green pop-up market at the Kibble Palace

Vinicombe Street Gala Day

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Ten things not to miss at #WEF2018

Monday June 4, 2018

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9 June at St Mary’s Cathedral

Take a Walk on the Weill Side http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/theatre-and-dance/take-a-walk-on-the-weill-side/

 

10 June at Cottiers

Songbird – a tribute to Eva Cassidy http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/music-folk-jazz-rock-world/songbird-ellyn-oliver-sings-eva-cassidy/

 

13 June at GUU

Tribute to Runrig http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/music-singing-and-choral/tribute-to-runrig/

 

15 June at Oran Mor

Ladies of Soul http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/music-folk-jazz-rock-world/ladies-of-soul/

 

17 June at Willowbank Bowling Club

Petanque (French Boules) http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/galas-fetes-and-street-parties/petanque-french-boules/

 

17 June at Kelvingrove Park

The Big Sunday http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/special-highlights/the-big-sunday/ 

 

20 -24 June at City Halls

Glasgow Jazz Festival http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/other-glasgow-festivals/glasgow-jazz-festival/

 

21 June at Kelvingrove Bandstand

Lulu http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/other-glasgow-festivals/lulu-and-guests/

 

23 June at SWG3

Sole Bloc http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/special-highlights/sole-bloc-sneaker-and-lifestyle-festival/

 

24 June at Oran Mor

West End Festival All-Dayer http://www.westendfestival.co.uk/events/music-folk-jazz-rock-world/west-end-festival-all-dayer/

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Meet the Team: Susie McGuinness

Saturday June 2, 2018

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We're going to be introducing you to some of the people behind the organisation of the West End Festival.

Next up...

 

Name: Susie McGuinness

Role: Volunteer - helping with admin and live social media

Time working with WEF: About a month!

  1. What is your earliest memory of the West End Festival 

I remember being hoisted up on my dad’s shoulders to watch some belly dancers in the park when I was about five, I’d never seen anything like it!

 

  1. Why do you think the West End Festival is so important to Glasgow?

I think it’s brilliant to have a festival programme that’s a mix of traditional theatre, music and arts events, but also with so many free outdoor events that people can just stumble across and get involved with!

 

  1. What are your top tips for choosing events to attend?

Try and get your hands on a programme! They’re dotted around the west end and it’s a super quick way to get an overview of what’s happening. The website is also great for filtering by event type which makes it super easy to find something you fancy.

 

  1. What is the ONE event you’re looking forward to this year?

I’m buzzing for the outdoor ceilidh in Vinicombe Street- it’s practically on my doorstep and if last year’s ceilidhs are anything to go by; it’s bound to be a laugh.

 

  1. Describe WEF in one sentence

Vibrant events in a colourful community.

 

If you're a WEF participant and would like to be featured please contact Laura Sutherland.

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Meet the Team: Brendon McIlroy

Saturday June 2, 2018

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We're going to be introducing you to some of the people behind the organisation of the West End Festival.

Kicking off with...


Name
: Brendon McIlroy

Role: Senior Events Coordinator

Time working with WEF: Oh, 12 years?? Started as a stage manager for festival Sunday.

  1. What is your earliest memory of the West End Festival

Coming along for a family day out in the late '90s and seeing colourful costumes, samba bands in the glorious sunshine.

 

  1. Why do you think the West End Festival is so important to Glasgow?

WEF is the only community festival of it’s kind in Glasgow- it’s inclusive, accessible and there’s something for everyone. In the face of so many cuts in the arts across Scotland it’s great that WEF has endured and I think that’s because it has community at its core.

 

  1. What are your top tips for choosing events to attend?

Go on the WEF website and filter by day- you can see exactly what’s on, when and where. Try and see a good variety, we have everything from dance and theatre to comedy. Definitely try and come to some of our free outdoor events like Mansfield Park / Hyndland Street gala day!

 

  1. What is the ONE event you’re looking forward to this year?

Mansfield Park gala day! This is the first time we’ve done this event and it’s taking place in Partick and Hyndland with everything from samba bands to community choirs and a barbershop quartet.

 

  1. Describe WEF in one sentence

A month of fun, festivity, merriment, culture and creativity- in celebration of Glasgow's west end!

If you're a WEF participant and would like to be featured please contact Laura Sutherland.

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