Category Archives: Live Events

Stage Experience – Footloose

I had an email today from Simon Hanson, Musical Director the Stage Experience. This youth project is to mount a production of Footloose in the Playhouse Theatre, Edinburgh in July. In addition to showcasing young dramatic talent this is also an opportunity for young musicians to gain experience in musical theatre. Currently they seek two young electric guitarists – young meaning around 21 or under. Like all musical theatre work this requires reading of musical notation and chord symbols. The music will not be in TAB! If you would be interested finding out more you can contact Simon here.

Discovering Music

Have you ever listened to Radio 3’s Discovering Music? One nice touch on the web page is the expression, “over a year left to listen.” Anyway, there is to be a recording made in Glasgow’s City Halls on at 18:15 on Wednesday 30 May. The title of the event is, The Second Viennese School: Introductory Talk.

This will be followed by a concert featuring:

Schubert (orch. Webern) Six German Dances
Schoenberg Violin Concerto
Berg 3 pieces from the Lyric Suite
Schoenberg 5 orchestral pieces (2nd version of 1949)

Ilya Gringolts violin
Ilan Volkov conductor
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

These works, still considered by many to be new music, are around 100 years old (with the obvious exception of the original Schubert…)

Entry to both events is free but tickets are limited to 4 per individual.

There is another free concert the following evening.

A few tasters

ELjam Summer Tour

I received an email today detailing locations, dates, etc. for ELjam’s Summer Tour:

Sat 2nd June 12.00-4.00 pm

Haddington Festival – Neilson Park

Sun 3rd June 12.00 – 3.00 pm

Tranent Gala Ross – High Playing Fields

Sat 9th June 1.30 – 5.00 pm

North Berwick Friends of the Edington Hospital Centenary Fair – Elcho Green

Sat 9th June 10.00 am – 2.00 pm

Port Seton Festival of Youth – Port Seton Community Centre Grounds

Sat 9th June 1.30 – 4.30 pm

East Linton Gala – Park

Sat 16th June 12.00 -3.00 pm

Prestonpans Gala – Mary Murray Park

Fri 22nd June 11.00 am- 2.00pm

Musselburgh – FestiVale 2012- The Long-ish Day

Lewisvale Park

Sat 14th July 1.00 – 5.00 pm

Direlton Fete and Games – Village Green

If you are a solo performer or play in a band and would be interested in talking part, then you can download an application form here:

ELjam Summer Tour 2012 Application Form

East Lothian Showcase Play-along Files

New play-along files of our Showcase repertoire have been posted on the Guitar Group Midis page. They are in the same order as they will be on our programme. Begin with the slow ones (low numbers) and build up to the faster ones (highter numbers).

Check the Dates For Your Diary page for rehearsal details.

Tickets (£5) are now on sale from the Queen’s Hall Box Office 0131 668 2019;;

85 – 89 Clerk Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9JG (map).

International Guitar Night

On Friday 9 March Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall (map here) is hosting an International Guitar Night, featuring Brian Gore , Lulo Reinhardt (great-nephew of Django Reinhardt) and Adrian Legg.

My lifelong friend, Mike McGeary, Principal Officer Instrumental Music for City of Edinburgh Council, has managed to arrange an free, one-hour concert for pupils – and has extended this offer to pupils in East Lothian Schools. This will also take place in the Queen’s Hall (soon to be scene of our annual Showcase Concert) and will run from 4:00-5:00.

I should stress that this is not an organised school trip. Pupils are expected to organise their own transport – either with parents of friends. Once there, I can vouch for their being instrumental pupils in our schools. Pupils can ask me for more details in the two lessons which remain before that date.

Click on the hyper links for each player to take you to their individual websites – or visit YouTube for more idea of their styles.