TSO concert dedicated to Ron Walker

Ron Walker.

Ron Walker.

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Rehearsals are well advanced for Tayside Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of 2016 which will take place on Saturday, February 6, in Forfar.

Entitled ‘A Scottish Blend,’ the evening will be dedicated to Ron Walker, the founder conductor of the orchestra who died in November.

The orchestra has come up with a very interesting programme of Scottish items, classical and popular, including ‘Hebrides Overture,’ ‘Land of Mountain and Flood,’ ‘Highland Cathedral’ and ‘Old Man of Hoy.’

There is also a selection of Scottish songs, performed by soloist Dennis Haggerty, who is director of music at Wellington School, Ayr.

Dennis is an eminent tenor who has featured in many locations, both in the UK and abroad. He has broadcast on radio and television.

Also collaborating with TSO in several items is Carnoustie and District Pipe Band, which was formed in 2008.

During its short life the band has won several awards, appearing at both the Scottish and World Championships.

Andrew McGarva, the TSO conductor, said: “This programme brings back happy memories for me of my time in Japan and when I was conductor of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra.

“I look forward to working again with Dennis and for the first time with the pipe band. I am very happy with the players’ commitment at rehearsals and am sure this concert - for the first time we have a purely Scottish theme - will appeal to all musical tastes and so we hope for a bumper audience. It’s a ‘Scottish Blend’ because of the wide range of pieces on offer, both classical and otherwise. As usual, if there is sufficient demand, we will run a bus from Montrose/Brechin to Forfar on the evening of the concert.”

Anyone interested should contact John Stevenson on 01674 830250 for details.

The TSO is grateful to main sponsors, Blackadders Solicitors, and Kohe-Noor Restaurant, Forfar, for their financial support.

Tickets on sale soon from Jarvis Brothers, Forfar; Hoggs, High Street, Montrose; any member of TSO/TSO committee or at the door on the evening of the concert. The concert begins at 7.30 pm, doors open 6.45.