TSO all set for September Serenade in Reid Hall

TSO conductor Andrew McGarva.
TSO conductor Andrew McGarva.

Rehearsals are already underway for Tayside Symphony Orchestra’s last concert of 2014 which will take place on Saturday, September 20 in the Reid Hall, Forfar, starting at 7.30 p.m.

Taking the form of ‘September Serenade’, the programme consists of well-known works by popular composers, the first half consisting of ‘The Dance Macabre’ by Saint-Saens, Malcolm Arnold’s ‘Tam O’Shanter’ Overture and ‘Land of the Mountain and Flood’ by Hamish McCunn. On offer in the second half is Dvorak’s ‘New World Symphony’.

Bill McLeod, chairman of TSO, said: “I am glad to say that Ron Walker’s health is a bit better but sadly he is not yet fit enough to resume conducting duties so once again Andrew McGarva will be holding the baton at our autumn concert.

“We were all delighted by his debut performance in June and I’m quite sure he will come up with the musical goods again.

“Andrew has already developed a good working rapport with the players with his motivating verve and enthusiasm for the role as conductor.

“We hope we’ll have a good audience in September as indeed we had in June.

“I would say the programme selected is well-tried and easy on the ear. As usual, if there is sufficient demand, we will run a bus from Montrose/Brechin to Forfar on the evening of the concert.

“If you are interested in making use of this transport please contact John Stevenson on 01674 830 250.

“We are grateful to the concert sponsors Bell Ingram, Strathmore Foods and Thorntons, the latter returning to give us financial support after a break of a few years”.

Tickets will be available in the near future at TSO’s regular outlets: Toy Castle, Castle Street, Forfar; Hogg’s, High Street, Montrose; any member of TSO/TSO committee or at the door.