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Britten’s Turn of the Screw, Byre Theatre, 22nd-24th June

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Bored of the Referendum campaigns? Then come down to the Byre Theatre, St Andrews, on the 22nd, 23rd or 24th June and see Byre Opera’s performance of Britten’s ghostly masterpiece, The Turn of the Screw. It is based on the novel by Henry James about a governess who goes to look after 2 children in a remote house, and the unearthly happenings that start to unfold after she arrives.

I am playing viola in the chamber orchestra, and this is the third Britten opera I have played in. I have come to like Britten’s style of writing- good tunes interspersed with idiomatic vocal writing, plus the advantage of the text being in English and therefore  easily understandable for the audience. Britten’s operas are often very inclusive, containing parts for children, and this opera is no exception – Miles is played by 2 young boys (there are 2 casts for different performances).

The facebook event is here and you will find Byre Opera on instagram as @byre_opera. Look forward to seeing you there – tickets are selling fast!

We are also touring the performance to Stirling MacRobert on 28th June and The Maltings, Berwick on 8th July if you can’t make the St Andrews performances.

 

Concert tomorrow!

Well, the day before the concert has arrived. Here is the final (or not so final…) line up:

Jess – selection of unaccompanied Bach from Cello Suites (gigues and menuets)

Trio – Schubert movement (Violin/viola/cello)
Clarinet and piano duo – lighter music… TBC
Trad Scottish tunes (viola) TBC
Watch this space for repertoire developments!! Or simply turn up at 1pm tomorrow and come to the concert! Your choice 🙂

All pieces performed by current or past members of the Heisenberg Ensemble, in aid of the 25th Anniversary Fund. Admission free but retiring collection with be taken, Refreshments available from 12.15pm.

ALL WELCOME!!!

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Hope to see you there!! 🙂

 

Jess xxx

Taking the plunge…

Those of you who read this blog regularly will know that for a long time now I have had a project in the back of my mind: a social project connected with the power of the arts to transform lives for the better. Having spent time in a hospital recently, a lot of things have become clearer to me: the power of human kindness, patience, compassion and above all, a little space to live your own life in.

I have been wondering, waiting and worrying, as I am wont to do, about the timing of such a project, the feasibility issues, the cost, the practical logistics, when I thought: ‘it might be now, or never’. So I took a chance, A risk, some might say. I took the plunge. I’m still not sure that it was the “right” thing to do, but perhaps I never will be, and anyway, I’m not sure that that is the important thing here.

The important thing is:

I did something. Not Nothing. And that means something.

I did it. Here goes. I said it.

 St Andrews Smiles Better Facebook Page – An experiment in positive thinking

“Don’t Ration Compassion” (a monk at Samye Ling Monastery, fieldwork, 2009)

This project is extremely close to my heart. So many people have touched my life in different ways, that I find it very hard not to say Thanks every time someone does something nice for me. So I want to pass it on. Play it forward. Form my own “Karma Army” like Danny Wallace. Help local businesses succeed and create employment opportunities. Play music to people to cheer them up. Do random acts of kindness and smile at people I don’t know. 

 

Thank you all for reading.

 

Love,

Jess xxxxxxxxxxx

With a little help from my friends… An open invitation!

An Open Invitation: ‘With a little help from my friends’

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Thursday 29th August

St Andrews Church, Queen’s Terrace, St Andrews

1.30pm

PROGRAMME:

Cello suites/Scottish Music/Surprise!!

Who, me?

Who, me?

You will need:

FRIENDS…….
FAMILY……..
CAKE……
MONEY…..

Tea/wine/champagne…….

Your ears!

The plan:

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The charities:

Heisenberg (Jill Craig)

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Families First (St Andrews)

Sistema Scotland/In Harmony

Arts in Fife/Dundee

Drake Music Scotland

Music in Hospitals

Military Wives Choir (Gareth Malone)

Scottish Ensemble {insert group here}

Rokpa/Tibetan Children’s Villages/ICT

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Brooklands College

Signpost International (Dundee)

Just Made/Gillian Gamble

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Pragya (India)

RSPCA/RSPB/Big cat rescue

SUGGESTIONS WELCOME!! Answers on a post card to: Jess Long!

Lunchtime Concert with Paul Livingston, Dundee University Chaplaincy, 28th Sept 1.20pm

At 1.20pm on Friday 28th September at Dundee University Chaplaincy, I will be performing a duo recital with a superb violinist and friend of mine, Paul Livingston. Paul freelances with Scottish Opera and is part of a duo with guitarist Ian Watt; you can see his full biography here.

We’ll be playing Mozart’s beautiful Duo in G major (K.423) and the amazing (and slightly infamous) Handel/Halvorsen Passacaglia in G minor, and a few pieces tbc. There’s a great performance of the Passacaglia by Perlman and Zuckerman here, and you can hear David and Igor Oistrakh play the Mozart here.

In other news, I will be returning to the St Andrews and Fife Community Orchestra tomorrow to continue helping out with the string section, and I am planning 2 lunchtime concerts in February and March 2013 with Audrey Innes, playing the Hindemith viola sonata op 11 No 4. I’m also entering 2 pupils for ABRSM grade exams this term; in June, my pupil who took grade 1 achieved a merit, so I was very pleased with that. Finally, we will soon be getting a kitten – I can’t wait!

Scotland’s Arts Festivals

I’ve been trying to keep track of what is going on when in the Scottish arts scene, and in the process I created a month-by-month list of all the festivals I know of that are taking place around Scotland. This list is not exhaustive, and I’ve only included ones that most people would be interested in/would have heard of. Hope this helps when planning what to see and when!

The festivals in blue are the ones I have taken part in or been involved with in some way.

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January

Celtic Connections (19th Jan- 5th Feb, Glasgow)

Fife Festival of Music (30th Jan-12th Feb)

February

Fife Jazz Festival (3-5th Feb)

Lentfest (21st Feb-15th April, run by Archdiocese of Glasgow Arts Project)

March

StAnza (14-18th March, St Andrews)

Niel Gow Scottish Fiddle Festival (Perthshire, 16-18th March)

Edinburgh International Harp Festival (30th March-4th April)

April

Eye o’ the Dug (14th-15th April, St Andrews)

On the Rocks (16-22nd April, St Andrews)

Beltane Fire Festival (Calton Hill, Edinburgh, 30th April)

May

Shetland Folk Festival (3-6th May)

Fifesing (11-13th May, Fife Animal Park)

Perth Festival of the Arts (17-27th May)

June

Horsecross Youth Arts Festival (6-30th June)

Culross Music and Arts Festival (1-3rd June)

St Magnus International Festival (22-27 June)

The Cottier Chamber music project (1-22nd June, part of Glasgow’s West End Festival)

East Neuk Festival (27th June-1st July)

July

Mendelssohn on Mull (2-7 July)

Crail Festival (18-28th July)

Music at Paxton (13-22nd July, Borders)

World Saxophone Congress (10-15th July, St Andrews)

August

Pittenweem Arts Festival (28th July-5 Aug)

Edinburgh International Festival (9th Aug-2nd Sept)

Edinburgh Fringe Festival (3-27th Aug)

Aberdeen International Youth Festival (1-11th Aug)

Auchtermuchty Festival (10-12 Aug)

September

Lammermuir Festival (14th-23rd Sept)

St Monan’s Community Arts Festival (14-16th Sept)

October

Blazin’ in Beauly (15-19th Oct)

St Andrews Voices (18-21st Oct) NEW

Sound (Aberdeen, 26th Oct- 18th Nov)

November

St Andrews Festival (30th Nov-2nd Dec)

Fiddle 2012 (16th-18th Nov, Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh)

December

Edinburgh’s Hogmanay (30th Dec- 2nd Jan)

My end of course recital – more details

You are warmly invited to my end-of-course recital at 5.10pm on 20th May 2011, which counts towards the final grade for my Postgraduate Diploma in Viola Performance.

The programme will be:

Sonata in E flat Op 120 No. 2 (Johannes Brahms)

I. Allegro Amabile
II. Appassionato, ma non troppo Allegro
III. Andante con moto

Concerto for Viola and Orchestra (William Walton)

I. Andante Comodo

Concertstück for Viola and Piano (Georges Enesco)

With Hester Dickson, piano

Programme notes to follow (when I’ve actually written them…)

See the facebook event here