Andrew takes over TSO baton for latest concert

TSO conductor Andrew McGarva.
TSO conductor Andrew McGarva.

Rehearsals are well advanced for Tayside Symphony Orchestra’s next concert which will take place on Saturday, June 28 at 7.30 p.m. in the Reid Hall, Forfar.

For this ‘Summer Concert’ the orchestra has chosen an interesting programme of very popular musical items.

The first half consists of the ‘Il Signor Bruschino’ Overture by Rossini and Dvorak’s Cello Concerto.

After the interval the orchestra will feature the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ Fantasy Overture by Tchaikovsky and Khachaturian’s Adagio from ‘Spartacus and Phrygia’.

Soloist in the Cello Concerto by Dvorak is Matthias Feile, who originates from Hamburg and studied music in his native city as well as Salzburg and Berlin.

Matthias has spent the last 30 years in Britain during which time he was principal cellist at the London Philharmonic and the Philharmonia Orchestra, London.

He was also a conductor and teacher of various groups before changing careers and qualifying as a doctor.

At the moment he is a trainee psychiatrist in Perth.

The conductor for this concert is Andrew McGarva who is Depute Head of the Prep School and Director of Music at Kilgraston School, Bridge of Earn.

A graduate of RSAMD, Glasgow where he studied violin performance with Warren Jacobs, Andrew has worked extensively in classical and traditional music.

He was previously conductor of the Scottish Fiddle Orchestra performing with them at various venues.

Bill McLeod, the TSO chairman, said: “It will seem strange for me and the orchestra not to have Ron Walker in charge of this concert.

“However, I am happy to report that Ron’s health, which has prevented him from taking part on this occasion, has improved recently.

“As for Andrew, I must say that he has done an excellent job; he is an enthusiastic and gifted musician and the players have responded very well to his engaging leadership.

“We are very much looking forward to accompanying Matthias in the Dvorak Cello Concerto; he has an outstanding musical pedigree and the players have been thrilled by his virtuoso performance at rehearsals.

“The programme speaks for itself. Those of the older generation, like me, will remember the ‘Spartacus’ theme from the TV programme ‘The Onedin line’ and the music from ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is thoroughly memorable.

“We hope to have a bumper audience to hear Matthias and support Andrew and the TSO musicians. Who knows, you might get the chance to offer Ron best wishes as he may be present on the evening.

“As usual we hope to run a bus from Montrose/Brechin to the Reid Hall; those interested should contact John Stevenson (Montrose 830250) as soon as possible.

“I may say we are grateful to the concert’s main sponsors, Bowmans Scottish Lawyers and Kerr’s Miniature Railway, for their long-standing financial support.

“Finally, I look forward to joining the members of the audience with a complimentary drink at the close of the concert.”

The Tayside Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1992 by Ron Walker and gave its first concert in May 1993. The original intention was a one-off concert to raise funds for the Chest Heart and Stroke Association Scotland, and a total of £4,500 was donated to the charity after the concert.

Enthusiasm from the players and considerable public encouragement persuaded Ron to decide that the orchestra should continue to exist - now it gives three concerts a year.