Incredible performances, hard work and leadership - Wow, that was great today, Well done all and thank you, you were brilliant! The Dumfries and Galloway Youth Orchestra is going from strength to strength and we hope everyone who came along enjoyed our concert as much as we enjoyed performing. Huge thanks to all those individuals and organisations that help and support the orchestra and who make it all possible.
We're very happy to announce that David Lyons, Sub Principal Percussionist with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra has agreed to join us as percussion coach. Dave joined the BBC SSO as a permanent member in 1991 after studying with Martin Gibson and Pamela Dow at the RSAMD between 1982 - 1986. Dave has freelanced with many different orchestras including the RSNO, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He also plays with both the Kinneil and Newtongrange Brass Bands. Dave regularly works with adults and children as part of the BBC SSO's education programme which includes the BBC Ten Pieces. In his spare time Dave is a gadget geek who also likes snooker!
Dave will be coming to help for the first time at our rehearsal on 18 January and will be joining us when he can thereafter.
We're delighted to tell you that we've managed to secure the help of Lewis Bettles, an exciting young trombone player, to coach our brass players at the 18 January and 1 February rehearsals. Read on below...
On Sunday 1 December 2019 Dumfries and Galloway Youth Orchestra started off the Dumfries festivities leading up to the ceremony of switching on the town centre Christmas lights. Ably directed by Jane Hainey the orchestra performed in sub zero temperatures on the Plainstanes in front of the Mid Steeple.
Congratulations to members of the DGYO that took part in "Music at an Exhibition", on Saturday at Kirkcudbright Galleries. It was a wonderful afternoon, with pieces selected to pay tribute to the work and life of John Faed. The music included Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Espana by Chabrier and Holst's Jupiter. Before concluding with a good selection of Scottish ballads and reels a string quartet played Bonnie Gallowa, which was beautifully sung by Josephine Pallinder.
It was such a fun afternoon, with a super audience and terrific for the orchestra to have the opportunity to play in the new gallery. Our thanks to the Gallery for your support.
On 28th July 2019 a chamber group from the DGYO played at the Burn's Society concert in the Faed Gallery at the Mill on the Fleet in Gatehouse. They played a variety of music, Scottish traditional, classical and jazz, to a packed audience who were thrilled by the entertainment. There were duets from Vanessa Ho, Erin Findlay and Fraser Hannah who all played wonderfully. Our thanks to them for volunteering to perform.
Although the main aim of DGYO is to rehearse and perform classical orchestral music as a full orchestra, invitations to players to perform in small groups provide the opportunity to play at different venues throughout Dumfries and Galloway. More importantly they challenge and stretch young players musically in ways that playing in a full orchestra cannot. We shall continue to look for opportunities for varied small groups of players to demonstrate their skills throughout the region.
Members of the DGYO were very happy and proud after performing to the public for the first time as part of a concert given by the Solway Sinfonia in the Heughan Hall, Dalbeattie, on 16 June 2019. The concert was called ‘New Beginnings’ to reflect a new youth orchestra, a new venue, and a new conductor for the Solway Sinfonia.
The DGYO is delighted to announce the winner of its logo competition. Bethany Platt from Thornhill was chosen as the winner in a process that involved the orchestra, Ken Smyth and Gyllian Dickson, with the final adjudication of the final five entries by Anne Ramsbottom, Curator of the Kirkcudbright Gallery and Dame Barbara Kelly. Second prize was awarded to Edie Wright from Kirkcudbright Academy.
If you aren’t yet a member of DGYO but you’re interested to know what music we’re currently rehearsing you can find it on the BBC website here BBC 10 Pieces. You can listen to the music being played and you can download the music for your instrument and follow along or even give it a go.
We've recently been fortunate to be given access to two libraries of orchestral music. We'll need to take some time to look through these to find music which is suitable for us to play, but then we'll be able to use the music we like to widen our repertoire. As you can see elsewhere on the website we have recently been given a very generous donation by the John Younger Trust of Gatehouse. We intend to use this money to buy orchestral music parts which we'll want to own to use again and again.