Thursday June 12, 2014
The actors have been hard at work rehearsing today as Gilbert and Sullivan's HMS PINAFORE weighs anchor for the first of three performances tonight in Glasgow. They are taking place in the Glenlee, Glasgow's own Tall Ship moored on the River Clyde next to the Transport Museum – one of the most unusual festival venues
Presented in the round by Walter Paul Productions for three nights only on 13th, 14th, & 15th June at 7.30pm, we are delighted that this brand new production of the nautical opera is already proving a massive hit with Festival goers - before a single note has been sung!
Tickets are sold out, and the unique venue has proved itself a winner with West End Festival audiences.
The Music Director is David Mackie, who was the Assistant Music Director of the original D'Oyly Carte Opera Company until its demise in 1982, and the production is in the hands of G & S expert Walter Paul.
He has gathered together a talented cast of local performers including Chriss Mills, J.Campbell Kerr, Ross Nicol, and David Blackwood, and the leading soprano is played by Brianna Robertson-Kirkland, making her debut with WPP.
This G & S classic, with Gilbert's witty barbs about the class system, and Sullivan's sparkling music, we hope everyone who got tickets has a fantastic night!
Monday June 24, 2013
20 musicians, collectively known as “Dr. Poembak” came to Glasgow at the weekend to take part in the West End Festival in free live events, pictured at one of the most iconic buildings in the city, Kelvingrove Art Gallery.
The band, who dresses up in doctor, nurse and surgeon outfits, were playing at the West End Festival as part of La Fête de la Musique.
The musicians have diverse backgrounds – some professional and some amateur. This likeable brass band condenses all the elements of fantasy, burlesque and festivity as well as an eclectic repertoire of world music including jazz, tango, gypsy and Latino. Presented by the Alliance Francaise and WBI.
Liz Scobie, chairman of West End Festival said:
“Saturday was one of the busiest days in the festival diary, and it’s great that we have such a wealth of talent and we’re able to share this throughout the west end.
“To be a part of La Fête de la Musique is fantastic and ensures the West End Festival is known around the world. We look forward to developing our international connections, especially as 2014 will be a big year for Glasgow.”
About La Fête de la Musique:
Launched in 1982 by the French ministry for culture, La Fête de la Musique has since become an unmissable annual event. Its concept: offering free concerts on the street and in public places, performed by voluntary musicians, both amateur and professional.
Celebrated in over 110 countries around the world, it is now the world’s largest music event.
The band is playing at 1pm at Botanic Gardens, 3pm at Kelvingrove Art Gallery steps and 6pm at Ashton Lane.
For further information:
Laura Sutherland, Aura PR T: 0141 337 6712 / 07764 936 840
Notes to editors:
- The West End Festival runs from 31 May to 30 June
- The festival comprises over 400 events in 80 venues across Glasgow’s west end
- Sample videos from previous performances:
Monday June 24, 2013
The Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir date back to 1944 and while in the immediate post-war years many of the members would have had connections with the home island, today’s members have backgrounds in both Gaelic and non Gaelic speaking areas of Scotland and even beyond.
Over the years the choir has had considerable success particularly at the Royal National Mod, winning the Lovat and Tullibardine Shield on 10 occasions with particular success in Skye in 1982 when they won all 4 competitions. They have also tasted success at the Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland and at the Vancouver Mod and the Choir has been invited to sing at the Eistedfodd and the International Eistedfodd. Over many years the choir had a strong relationship with the Gaelic group Runrig, appearing with them on many occasions, and in 1996 they produced a “Tribute to Runrig.”
The choir is renowned for its perfect tone and the emotions of sadness and joy that their music produces, moving native speakers and non Gaelic speakers to tears. All of which is down to the musical expertise of their well known conductor Kirsteen Grant.
The choir will be performing at the West End Festival on Wednesday 26 June at Hyndland Parish Church. Tickets are £8 at the door and for more information please visit the facebook page or call 0141 942 7603.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Guest blog post by Robert McNair, Glasgow Islay Gaelic Choir
Friday June 21, 2013
Da Capo Alba to perform with previous finalist of the BBC Young Musician of the Year
Da Capo Alba, Scotland’s premier mandolin and guitar orchestra regular performers in the West End Festival will be joined on Saturday 22nd June by flautist Shona Brown.
Shona from Motherwell, began playing the flute at the age of 12. A few months later she recorded on Mogwai's debut album "Young Team", which inspired her to pursue the life of a musician. She went on to study classical flute, winning awards from the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama amongst others. After a time working in London, she returned to Scotland to set up SoundRoutes - a record label promoting community choirs and music projects.
Shona will be performing two solo pieces and will also play alongside Da Capo Alba, who will be conducted by Barbara Pommerenke-Steel. There will be something for everyone as the orchestra explores a range of musical styles from baroque and classical to ragtime and Latin American.
An evening of entertainment not to be missed!
Concert details: Saturday 22nd June 2013 at 7.30pm in St Mary’s Cathedral, Great Western Road
For more information visit our website, facebook & twitter page.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Guest Blog post by Robert McKerlie, Lanarkshire Guitar and Mandolin Association (LGMA)
Tuesday June 18, 2013
My role as a music programmer and promoter is to create an interesting programme of shows for the diverse tastes of the westend of Glasgow. I decide which artists and genres best represent this as well as fit in with the general reputation of PM Music musical output over the course of a year. Once the programme is decided, I approach artists or their representatives with offers and we make deals on the shows. I then make decisions on how to promote the show, for example flyers or adverts which I then have designed. We use many different means of promotion and we continue to push the show right up until the night of the event. On the night we organise and then staff the night to produce the concert and work with the artists we have booked . . . sound like enough work :-)
We are excited to be involved once again with the West End Festival having taken part now for the last 5 years. This year our programme is more diverse that ever featuring music from Scotland and around the world which I feel represents the diversity of taste in the west end itself. From great Scottish songwriters such as Carol Laula and Dick Gaughan through to touring Canadian act Genticorum and The Congos from Jamaica.
Upcoming events include...
19 June, Cottiers: Carol Laula
With "a style which bobs around somewhere between the sweet, clear delicacy of Joni Mitchell and the tougher edges of Joan Armatrading", it's hardly surprising that she's risen from a young unknown to become a household name. With seven albums under her belt, she still stirs critics to describe her as "Scotland's leading singer-songwriter" and "an undeniably passionate and whole-hearted singer".
20 June, Oran Mor: Bags of Rock
BAGS OF ROCK deliver a massive stadium sound of heavy rock, bagpipes ... and original, ground breaking compositions... not for the faint hearted !!!!!!
Scottish New Music Awards 2012 "Rock Recording of the Year" and "Group of the Year" winners – Glasgow’s BAGS OF ROCK fuse cutting-edge heavy rock with The Great Highland Bagpipe. Delivering performances with an infectious conviction to their art, BAGS OF ROCK have created a trail blazing musical combination that takes this new genre to the next level.
20 June, Cottiers: Dick Gaughan
Brought up immersed in the musical traditions and culture of the Gaels, both Scots and Irish, Dick Gaughan has been a professional musician and singer since January 1970, and made his first solo album in 1971, No More Forever. He was an early member of the Boys of the Lough and the now legendary Scottish folk-rock band, Five Hand Reel. In December 2009, Dick was honoured by being inducted into the Scots Trad Music Hall of Fame and he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at BBC Radio 2’s annual Folk Awards ceremony.
21 June, Cottiers: Rab Noakes & Alan Taylor
Not that you would know it from his lean rock’n’roll physique but Rab Noakes is now in his sixties. His four decades of involvement in music have been marked by two recent releases: a second album with his occasional band The Varaflames, titled Unlimited Mileage, and the release on CD for the first time of his debut album Do You See The Lights? which first saw the light of day in 1970. Showcasing an exemplary taste in interpretations alongside his own songwriting, a Noakes show is a decidedly non-fusty lesson in the history of popular music. THE HERALD
For 35-plus years songwriter Allan Taylor has been considered the consummate performer, a writer of literary gracefulness whose troubadour chronicles encapsulate the realism of otherwise unsung heroes, otherwise uncharted lives. His songs, faultlessly constructed, are flawlessly performed with his instantly recognisable voice, attractively dark and mellow, and his intricately detailed and full-sounding guitar. As Allan says at the beginning of each concert, "Sit back and enjoy the journey."
24 June, Oran Mor: Julia Fordham
Having sold millions of records around the world, critically acclaimed singer songwriter Julia Fordham will be returning to the UK for her first tour in 20 years. Performing with her will be Grant Mitchell, pianist/arranger/producer of her early hits Happy Ever After, Where Does The Time Go, Porcelain & I Thought It Was You. The set will be filled with these favourites plus many others including: Girlfriend, Lock and Key, Towerblock & the International hit (Love Moves) In Mysterious Ways. After living in Los Angeles for many years, Julia is thrilled to be coming home to sing her songs again around the country. This is an evening not to be missed and early booking is advised.“A stylish pop balladeer with a voice that glides easily between the languor of Sadeand the smooth high notes of Philadelphia soul.”- The London Telegraph
25 June, SWG3,: The Congos
The Congos are a reggae vocal group from Jamaica active on from the mid-1970s until the present day. They are best known for their Heart of the Congos album, recorded with Lee "Scratch" Perry.
For more information on all West End Festival events have a look at the website, facebook and twitter pages.
Guest blog by Peter MacCalman, West End Festival music programmer
Friday June 14, 2013
We like to bring you some snippets of events happening every weekend. This week we're giving you the event plus the details! #wef13
Have a look on our website and search the date, venue, category or event title to see what else is happening...
1. FREE event - Glasgow School of Art Goes West 10am-5pm
Iota proudly presents the new cutting edge of contemporary painting: ten of the best from the M Litt in Fine Art Practice (Expanded Painting) at the Glasgow School of Art for 2013.
Venue: Iota Gallery, 25 Hyndland Street Glasgow, G11 5QE
0141 338 6052
2. West End Festival Winds by Cottier Chamber Project at Cottiers
Music: Mozart Gran Partita K.361
£7 in advance, £9 on the day, £5 students. £25 for both concerts with main course and drink, £20 for concert and pre theatre menu. A beard like Brahms’ get you in free for the concerts (genuine beards only!)
Tickets in advance from www.cottierchamberproject.com www.cottiers.com or in person from the Box Office at Cottiers Hyndland. 0141 357 4000.
3. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at 7.30pm
Mad Props Theatre present their inaugural production, the Glasgow premiere of this Tony Award-winning play. Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grownups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t make you a loser. With profits going to Leukaemia Research and with laughs guaranteed, don’t miss out on this cult musical where anything can happen!
Booking and ticket info:
Tickets £12 plus BF • 0141 357 4000
Venue: Kelvinbridge Theatre, Lansdowne Church 414 Great Western Rd, G4
0141 357 4000
1. Paintings On Railings - All day Saturday, Sunday
Long established outdoor art gallery at the Botanic Gardens railings started in 1996 as part of the first West End Festival. Come and see a large variety of original art, craftwork and photography - meet the artists and maybe buy something! To exhibit call Lynne Scobbie 07779 977612.
If wet, come back another day!
Venue: Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road Glasgow, G12 0UE
0141 276 1614
2. O2 Glasgow Mela 12:00pm - 8:00pm
also on Sunday 16 June 12:00pm - 8:00pm
For one weekend Kelvingrove Park will be transformed into an extravaganza of music, dance, exotic food and eclectic stalls with the 02 Glasgow Mela, Scotland’s biggest multi-cultural festival. The two-day event is open to all ages, and includes family activities and an array of stalls to browse and food to try, as well as a richly diverse programme of colourful performances across three stages. Join us at Kelvingrove Park to celebrate the multi-cultural influences that make Glasgow so vibrant, creative and cosmopolitan. Delivered by Glasgow Life.
Venue: Kelvingrove Park, G12
0141 334 6363
3. Lari Don: Little Red Riding Hood 11am and 2.30pm
A magical experience for all the family. The renowned children’s writer and storyteller Lari Don will read her stunning new retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, encouraging the listener to imagine fairy tales and magical journeys of their own. Woodland crafts activities after and tasty baking! Age 4-7 and families.
Venue: North Kelvin Meadow, Clouston Street, Glasgow, G20
4. Peter MacCalman Symphony No 1 at 8pm
Performed by the Cappella String Quartet and piano. Popular and contemporary composition collide in an exploration of the symphony – a format rooted in the classical tradition of Western Europe, yet one that has evolved and changed from its original meanings and structure. Rooted in today’s culture, but incorporating and respecting the history of the symphony, Peter MacCalman’s work uses chamber-sized forces to produce music on a symphonic scale. “Sonorously atmospheric live music composed for string quartet by Peter MacCalman” - Herald 2007.
Booking and ticket info: Tickets £12
Available from www.cottiers.com or 0141 357 4000
Venue: Cottier Theatre, 93-95 Hyndland Street Glasgow
1. Kids Creative Corner 12-5pm
Why not bring the kids along this afternoon for some fun food and arty-crafts? Pop in to the Lansdowne between 12 and 5 where the kids can occupy themselves in a fun way while Mum and Dad can eat lunch in peace and quiet?
Booking and ticket info:
Tickets £5 per child. Info 0141 334 4653
Venue: Lansdowne Bar, 7a Lansdowne Crescent Glasgow G20 6NQ
0141 334 4653 email@example.com
2. FREE - Queen Margaret Drive – Street Festival (also on Sat 15th) 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Come and join the West End Festival’s latest community street event in Queen Margaret Drive, just to the north of Byres Road. We have a great selection of independent shops and businesses. Join us for music, craft beer, authentic food, art and craft workshops, street stalls, vintage clothing, face painting and children’s activities. Families welcome and parking free!
3. RSNO Chamber Series: Classical Strings 2:30pm
Relax and unwind on a Sunday afternoon with the RSNO Chamber Series. This is a refreshing chance to hear the musicians of the Orchestra up close and personal, performing music by great composers in an intimate setting. Join our quintet of strings for a concert of celebrated classical chamber music, including Wolf’s Italian Serenade and Schubert’s String Quintet in C major.
Booking and ticket info:
Tickets £12, disabled £6, under 26 £5, under 16 free (max 2 with paying adult)
Venue: St Mary's Cathedral, 300 Great Western Road Glasgow, G4 9JB
0141 339 6691
4. Storytelling: Julia Donaldson Favourites - 10.30am
Celebrate Father’s Day with a collection of Julia Donaldson stories. Tam Dean Burn will read Tales from Acorn Wood in the morning (Family event but best for under 5’s).and The Gruffalo stories in the afternoon (Family event but best for under 8’s). Music from Emma Schad and Andy Alston. There will be crafts, face painting, home baking and, in the afternoon children can meet The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child!
10:30am Tales from Acorn Wood. 2pm The Gruffalo and Gruffalo’s Child event
www.childrenswood.comVenue: North Kelvin Meadow, Clouston Street Glasgow G20
5. The Mackintosh Choir Sings “America!” 7pm
After our very successful launch at last year’s West End Festival, please join us for another wonderful night of song, this time with an American theme. We will delight you with many familiar songs, songs from the shows, exciting Aaron Copland songs, and many more.
Booking and ticket info:
Tickets £7 (children £3) at the door or in advance from choir members
Venue: Mackintosh Church, Queen’s Cross 870 Garscube Road Glasgow G20 7EL
0141 946 6600 firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday June 14, 2013
Viper Live and Unplugged - Every Friday of the West End Festival
Viper is an intimate venue in the heart of the West End. Last year we raised over £4000 for Children in Need and saw this year’s West End Festival as the perfect opportunity to raise money for a different cause.
Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland is a local music charity which helps people with a range of disabilities through music therapy and relies hugely on the generosity of the general public. For more information on the charity visit their website here.
As lovers of music, Viper will showcase two live performances from the freshest, up and coming bands and artists every Friday between 7pm-10pm.
The past two sessions have played host to some fantastic artists including The Kay Family, Lack of Colour, Bronagh and the Boys and Kerri Watt. The event has proven to be a great success and the charity buckets are filling up nicely!
If you have missed out on the past couple of weeks, never fear there are two more sessions still to come!
Friday 14th June will see Broken Boy and Amy Rayner hit the Viper stage with Kirsty Wilson headlining our final showcase on Friday 21st June.
This event is free of charge but we ask for a donation to the charity at the door.
Not to forget we will be closing the festival from our end with a massive party on Sunday 30th June from 10pm, combining the live music theme with true Viper-style.
See you there, Viper
Tuesday April 16, 2013
In the run up to the West End Festival (WEF), Glasgow’s biggest cultural festival, Big Band performers rehearse some well known and other premiere performance music, in a city centre barber shop.
With over 400 events across some 80 venues, Glasgow’s WEF is set to attract up to 100,000 people to the programme of cultural events including music, art, walks, talks, mini festivals and more. Many of the events will be free to attend to encourage participation.
Zig Zag Big Band, Byres Road Big Band and Glasgow University Big Band will form the “Big Band Festival”, taking place on Thursday, 6 June at Queen Margaret Union, as part of the main WEF. Tickets cost £5pp and are available via www.zigzagbigband.com/wef.
This mini festival, which is geared towards the whole family, is the first time the three bands will have played together. We join Zig Zag Big Band at their Monday night rehearsal not in a studio or a garage but at Men International, a city centre barbers. Traditional barbers chairs, street art on the wall and 20 musicians playing live.
Allon Beauvoisin, Zig Zag Big Band’s musical director said: "It's very exciting to be involved in a partnership of this nature where there is such a wide range of musical styles encompassed, from early big band swing to the premiere of a big band piece written by a local Scottish composer. The West End Festival is renowned for its eclectic programming and the addition of the Big Band Festival continues that ideology."
Liz Scobie, WEF chairman added: “It’s a real pleasure to see so many performers collaborating to enable an event of this nature as a new initiative for this our 18th West End Festival. It’s fun, harmonious and lively, and I think we can guarantee this will be a fusion of the finest Big Band sounds that the whole family can enjoy.”
The WEF takes place from Friday, 31 May to Sunday, 30 June this year and it’s set to be the best yet! WEF will be launching the programme and the new website on 26 April.
Tuesday May 1, 2012
Today, (Thursday, 26 April), the 17th annual West End Festival the biggest festival in Glasgow’s calendar was officially launched and organisers outlined a programme of 400 events taking place across the west end of Glasgow, including a series of ‘mini-festivals’.
Established in 1996, the independent cultural Festival draws a strong crowd each year of around 100,000, to enjoy a mix of both free and ticketed events, from music, theatre and comedy to family days, guided walks and children’s events to be held in 80 venues throughout the west end.
It will run from 1-24 June, bringing together the entire business and residential community to generate a hugely positive economic impact for the city of Glasgow. Previous years have resulted in over £1m in sales for the wider Glasgow economy.
Support continues from Glasgow City Council and, in this ‘Year of Creative Scotland’, the Festival will also work closely with Creative Scotland. The Gibson Street Gala, the Glasgow Mela and The Cottier Chamber Project - the largest chamber music festival in the UK, will also form part of the Festival line-up.
New partners this year are Stow College, where Festival organisers will work closely with students on a variety of educational and practical initiatives. 5pm.co.uk is also partnering with the Festival, bringing the economic benefits to local restaurants whilst working together to promote the west end.
Ticketed events will be sold online and on occasions at the door. Full details of where to buy tickets are included in the brochure and online. Some venues are selling tickets at reduced prices to attract the student and family market.
Elizabeth Scobie, chairman of the West End Festival commented:
“As ever we are extremely grateful for the support of all those involved and to our sponsors - the festival would not be in its 17th year without them. Now Glasgow’s largest and most dynamic cultural event, we hope residents from all over the city and beyond will take every opportunity to attend as many events as possible.”
A special fundraiser event will also take place on 18, May at the Glasgow University Union with the theme of ‘Strictly West End’ and a performance from the Glasgow University Big Band. Another first, the ‘Best Dressed Window’ competition will be set to encourage community spirit and involvement.
West End Festival director, Michael Dale said:
“Our annual festival of culture, community spirit and summer fun is back once again! The willingness of local traders, stall holders, artists, musicians and volunteers to get involved never fails to impress and the hard work of all will ensure that this remains a destination festival year on year.
“It has been 17 years since we launched and the calibre of talent involved continues to bring visitors from the world over – we’re set for another great month.”