December 2016

At One With Music – Daniel Hart  -+-  Musick Fyne  -+-  HDFAS  -+-  musicinverness – Scozzesi

Highlands Art, Craft and Food Fair  -+-  Old High Music  -+-  Scottish Ensemble

The Osprey Music Society  -+-  Marvel of Peru  -+-  Highland Piano Group   

Inverness Choral Carolthon  -+-  A Christmas Carol Anti-panto  -+-  Film Screenings

 

Here we go!  Into the season of overindulgence, bland turkey, reindeer, pine needles covering the sitting room carpet, hectares of used gift-wrap, Christmas cards from people you’ve forgotten to send one to, a very outside chance of snow on the big day and the real meaning of Christmas struggling to be heard.  But enough of my bah-humbuggery!  Here is my choice of what’s on before I cover my head with a pillow.

 

 

LUNCHTIME PIANO RECITAL BY DANIEL HART

SPECTRUM CENTRE, INVERNESS

FRIDAY 2nd DECEMBER at 1.00pm

After being so well received by the At One With Music audience in November last year, the young Cuban pianist Daniel Hart takes time off from his Masters studies at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to return to the scene of his triumph.

As he did last year, Daniel has prepared a mix of European and Latin music with sonatas by Domenico Scarlatti and Chopin’s Scherzo No 1 and Polonaise Fantasie played alongside suites by Lecuona (known as the Cuban Gershwin) and Granados.

Doors to the Spectrum Centre Theatre will open at 12.30pm and the concert will start at 1.00pm and last for about 55 minutes.  Admission cost £6 for adults and £1 for children.

The Hidden Gem Café within the Spectrum Centre serves teas, coffees, tasty snacks and light meals before and after the concert.

 

 

Musick Fyne   A CANDLELIT CONCERT FOR CHRISTMAS

                          ST JOHN’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH, FORRES

                          WEDNESDAY 7th DECEMBER at 8.00pm

Under the direction of D James Ross the combined forces of Musick Fyne, Inverness Trombones and The Marvel of Peru will perform their annual treat featuring magnificent Renaissance music for voices and instruments by William Mundy, Johann Hermann Schein and Giovanni Gabrielli.


Admission programmes £10 (including seasonal refreshments) on sale at the door from 7.30pm.

All proceeds in aid of St John’s Church (Charity Reg No SC010346)

 

 

 

HIGHLAND DECORATIVE AND FINE ARTS SOCIETY

LECTURE BY JAMES TAYLOR

THE HUMOUR OF THE BRITISH POSTCARD 1909 – 1939

SMITHTON CULLODEN CHURCH AUDITORIUM

                     THURSDAY 8th DECEMBER at 2.15pm

James Taylor is a former art curator at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.    From the Edwardian era to the outbreak of WW2, millions of humorous postcards were produced, not just for entertainment, but to bolster morale, inspire, instruct, motivate and persuade.

 

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SCOZZESI  -  Scotland’s Poshest Boy Band

SMITHTON-CULLODEN CHURCH CAFÉ-LOUNGE

FRIDAY 9th DECEMBER at 7.30pm

An exciting male quartet of professional, classically trained singers Scozzesi (Italian for Scottish men) are the latest word in posh boy bands!  The singers are all young Scottish men who are already making their mark in the singing world in their solo careers.

Alistair Digges, Kenneth Reid, Jonathan Kennedy and Douglas Nairne will sing harmonies arranged specifically for Tenor I, Tenor II, Baritone and Bass, some accompanied on keyboard by Andrew Forbes, some unaccompanied.  The gentlemen will perform a mixed repertoire of solos, duets, trios and quartets from the worlds of opera, operetta, Gilbert and Sullivan, songs from the shows, and include some of our best loved traditional tunes in four part harmony. There might even be something seasonal if you clap long enough! An evening to be charmed and enchanted in the company of Scotland’s finest vocal ensemble!

Tickets (Adults £15, Eden Court Friends £13, Students etc £5) can be purchased in advance for this musicinverness concert online at www.invernesschambermusic.com and use the “Book Online” link (only until 7th December).  You may also purchase your tickets through Eden Court Box Office in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or online at www.eden-court.co.uk.  Any unsold tickets will be available at the door on the night from 7.00pm.

 

 

Exclusively Highlands Art, Craft & Food Fair - Eden 2HIGHLANDS ART CRAFT AND FOOD FAIR

EDEN COURT THEATRE, INVERNESS

9th to 11th DECEMBER (various times)

FREE ADMISSION

This annual Christmas Fair will host Exquisite Arts, Lovely Crafts and Glorious Foods at Eden Court which once more will be beautifully decked out for the festive season. Throughout the Bishops Palace and upstairs in the Bar Area of Eden Court there will be an excellent range of choices for Christmas shoppers with over 70 exhibitors, fourteen of whom are new to this event. Unique, high quality, locally handcrafted Gifts and Wares - a wide variety of arts, crafts and totally delicious foods all in a beautiful and atmospheric setting under one roof. 

This Christmas Fair will once more be supporting Alzheimers Scotland.

Friday 12.00 - 20.00
Saturday & Sunday 10.00 - 17.00

MUSIC AT THE OLD HIGH CHURCH

ORGAN RECITAL

GORDON TOCHER

SATURDAY 10th DECEMBER at 12.00pm

This year’s series of concerts will conclude with an organ recital by Gordon Tocher, organist at St Andrew’s Cathedral, Inverness.  Gordon will perform a number of compositions that mark the time of Advent in the Church Year.

Seasonal refreshments will be available at the end of Gordon’s recital to give an opportunity to reflect together on the music that has been heard during the past year and to anticipate the 2017 programme.

Admission by suggested donation of £5.

For more information please contact Andrew Stevenson on 01463 242767 or stevenson.ata@btinternet.com

 

 

 

                        CONCERT BY CANDLELIGHT  -  ASCENT

      ST ANDREW’S CATHEDRAL, INVERNESS

                                           SATURDAY 10th DECEMBER at 7.30pm

For this very popular annual event, as well as the usual flickering candles giving a cosy glow to the Cathedral, the Scottish Ensemble will be joined by musicians from the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland to create an even richer, more resonant sound.

The concert opens with an enthralling piece by the Polish composer Wojciech Kilar.  “Orawa” was inspired by the beautiful scenery of the magnificent Tatra Mountains in southern Poland and the people who lived there.  Kilar is best known as a film score composer with over 100 scores to his credit, most notably Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Portrait of a Lady and The Pianist.  Orawa dates from 1988 and was used in the film Pathways. 

Alongside two very well-known favourites by Vaughan Williams  -  The Lark Ascending and his Tallis Fantasia  -  the concert also contains another hidden gem from Poland.  Dobrinka Tabakova’s Concerto for Cello and Strings is, quite simply, a breathtakingly beautiful piece in which the solo part will be played by David Cohen.

This annual event is always extremely popular and is close to selling out.  Contact Eden Court Box Office in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or online at www.eden-court.co.uk.

 

 

 

 

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COMMUNITY HALL, BOAT OF GARTEN

SATURDAY 10th DECEMBER at 7.30pm

SCOTTISH CHAMBER ORCHESTRA WIND SEXTET

Maximiliano Martín and William Stafford – clarinets;  Peter Whelan and Alison Green – bassoons;

Alec Frank-Gemmill and Harry Johnstone – horns.  Six names that need very little introduction in the Highlands as they have been entertaining audiences for many years with their visits with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.  Their programme for the Osprey Music Society is:-

 

Mozart - Divertimento in F major

Poulenc - Duo for two Clarinets

Mozart - Serenade in E flat major

INTERVAL

Mozart - Divertimento in B flat major

Poulenc - Sonata for clarinet and bassoon  

Seiber -  Serenade for two clarinets, two bassoons and two horns

BeethovenSextet Op. 71

 

Tickets (Members £14; Non-Members £16; Students £5; Schoolchildren Free) from TOMS Secretary

Ann Napier on 01479 831213 or 07850 752757 or ann.nap@btinternet.com

 

 

The Marvel of Peru       CHRISTMAS at the CASTLE’ CONCERTS

                                           BRODIE CASTLE DRAWING ROOM, near FORRES

                                           SUNDAY 11th DECEMBER at 3.00pm and 5.00pm

Highland polymath, D James Ross returns to another of his favourite venues with his Baroque ensemble, The Marvel of Peru and guest soprano Aileen Birch to present a selection of Baroque classics by Bach, Handel and Corelli as well as several popular Christmas carols.  Audience participation is expected.

Tickets cost £15 (including traditional mince pies and mulled wine to lubricate your voice served before the performances at 2.30pm and 4.30pm).  Seating for both performances is limited so advance booking is essential.  Book by phone on 01309 641371 or online at www.nts.org.uk/Events and remember to state which performance you wish to attend.

 

 

THE HIGHLAND PIANO GROUP

SPECTRUM CENTRE, INVERNESS

THURSDAY 15th DECEMBER at 6.00pm

 

The Highland Piano Group is looking for piano enthusiasts to join them for monthly musical meetings. The group's aims are to create performance and learning opportunities for players of all levels,  as well as just to meet new friends and chat (pianists tend to play alone most of the time). HPG hold ticketed evening concerts at least once a year.

You must be over 18 to join.  If you are not sure about playing at the meetings - you are more than welcome to sit back and listen to others play. HPG have changed 'home' and now meet at the Spectrum Centre, Inverness.
Next meetings are 15th December (Thursday) 6pm and 12th January (Thursday) 2017 at 6pm. Find us on Facebook/theHighlandPianoGroup and/or get in touch Tonya Clement 07853 776519.

 

 

 

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INVERNESS CHORAL SOCIETY (CHARITY Reg SC015219)

CAROLTHON

EASTGATE CENTRE, INVERNESS

SATURDAY 17th DECEMBER

10.30am TO 3.30pm

The annual Inverness Choral Society Carolthon is now established as an unmissable feature of the Advent to Christmas.  A rolling choir will be singing carols continuously for five hours to allow you to stop and pause during your Saturday rush before responding generously to the rattled bucket in aid of Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland (Charity Reg No SC018761).

 

 

 

A Christmas CarolA CHRISTMAS CAROL

EDEN COURT ONE TOUCH THEATRE

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY

20th, 21st and 22nd DECEMBER at 8.00pm

 

If Dick Whittington is too much for you, then here is the answer.  Following on from the success of Allo Allo, Faulty Towers and Sweeney Todd, the talented Eden Court Drama Lab students have developed something of a cult following in recent years. For this year’s Anti-Panto they’ll be putting their unique spin on the classic, A Christmas Carol (adapted by B.A Humbug).

Warning: It is a sad tale...but expect laughs!

Tickets (£8) from Eden Court Box Office, in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or online at www.eden-court.co.uk

 

 

            SELECTED FILM SCREENINGS

 

 

 

 

Cromarty Film FestivalCROMARTY FILM FESTIVAL

VARIOUS VENUES AND TIMES

2nd, 3rd AND 4th DECEMBER

Now in its tenth year, this is a special, small but perfectly formed film festival that offers a very eclectic programme of films and talks in various venues around the charming village of Cromarty over a long weekend.  The full programme can be downloaded as a pdf from www.cromartyfilmfestival.org but highlights to look out for include Touching the Void, Ghostbusters, The Jungle Book (2016 remake), Young Frankenstein, Gosford Park, Singin’ in the Rain, Life of Brian and The Producers (SOLD OUT).  Tickets through Eden Court Box Office in person, by phone on 01463 234234 or online at www.eden-court.co.uk

 

 

 

THURSDAY 8th DECEMBER at 7.15pm.  ROYAL BALLET  :  THE NUTCRACKER (LIVE)  LA SCALA CINEMA, EDEN COURT.  A revival of The Royal Ballet’s glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wright in 1984, is the production par excellence of an all-time ballet favourite.  There will be an Encore Screening on Sunday 11th December at 2.00pm.

 

White ChristmasMichael Curtiz directs Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera Ellen in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.  Well, it is a classic!

La Scala Cinema, Eden Court.  Saturday 10th December at 2.00pm and Sunday 11th December at 11.30am.

 

Exhibition on Screen: The Curious World of Hiƫronymus Bosch EXHIBITION ON SCREEN

THE CURIOUS WORLD OF HIËRONIMUS BOSCH

Monday 12th December at 6.15pm

La Scala Cinema, Eden Court

Who was Hieronymus Bosch? Why do his strange and fantastical paintings resonate with art lovers now more than ever? How does he bridge the medieval and Renaissance worlds? Where did his unconventional and timeless creations come from? Delve into the vivid imagination of a true visionary, and discover the answers to these questions and more with this remarkable new film from Exhibition On Screen. 

 

NT Live: No Man's Land (Live)NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE FROM WYNDHAM’S THEATRE

NO MAN’S LAND by HAROLD PINTER

THURSDAY 15th DECEMBER at 7.00PM

LA SCALA CINEMA, EDEN COURT

 

Following their hit run on Broadway, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart return to the West End stage in Harold Pinter’s No Man's Land, broadcast live to cinemas from Wyndham’s Theatre, London.

One summer's evening, two ageing writers, Hirst and Spooner, meet in a Hampstead pub and continue their drinking into the night at Hirst's stately house nearby. As the pair become increasingly inebriated, and their stories increasingly unbelievable, the lively conversation soon turns into a revealing power game, further complicated by the return home of two sinister younger men.

Also starring Owen Teale and Damien Molony, don’t miss this glorious revival of Pinter’s comic classic. The broadcast will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with the cast and director Sean Mathias.

 

Encore Screening on Sunday 18th December at 7.15pm.

 

 

Well, that’s it for 2016.  I’d love to get some feedback on what you thought about what you’ve been to.  Have a great Christmas and may 2017 bring you all you wish.