Classical Celebration for the Holidays

Submitted by Angus Ross, Skye Chamber Music
 
SCM XMASSkye Chamber Music is producing the 3rd Classical Celebration, with the Island Chorus, Reading Room and Skye and Lochalsh Orchestra. It will be held at the Fingal Centre at the High School in Portree, on Monday 10th December, starting at 6:40 p.m. The programme is below, and it follows the huge success of the last two years.  Why not bring a party, your own wine (or preferred tipple), glasses (from which to drink) and a table decoration – for which there will be a prize for the best.  Let’s try and beat the 150 or so audience of the last two years!
 
In a change this year, we will be providing a hot buffet for everybody – so just come with yourselves, friends, and booze (including coffee and tea if you are so inclined)!  As with the previous two celebrations, there will be no charge to enter (or enjoy the food) but there will be an opportunity to take part in a prize draw and donate towards the cost of the event.  
 
Each of the supporting groups will have a stall in the foyer and representatives will be happy to talk with you, should you need more information about what we all do. The plan is to have books and CDs also for sale at very reasonable prices.
 
THE PROGRAMME:  
 
6.40 – Live music starts with Kevin and Chris Watkiss playing a Two piano Duet, by Brahms. Variations on a Theme by Haydn (those of you there last year might remember their phenomenal finale – and won’t want to be late and miss this!)
 
7 p.m.  Main concert starts
 
Beethoven Piano Trio Opus 1 no. 1. 1st and 4th movements. Alan Donald, violin. Bar Purser, Cello. Chris Watkiss, piano.
 
Island Chorus sing a medley from Phantom of the Opera.
 
Morag Henriksen, Stephen Plant and Helen Danter will represent The Reading Room, with a selection of WW1 songs and poems from Far, Far from Ypres.
 
John Purser, Circus Suite, piano duet: Pianists Chris and Elaine. 
Sammartini recorder concerto: Soloist Judith Bullivant accompanied by Peter MacLaren and members of the Skye and Lochalsh Orchestra.
 
Food will then be served during which the live music continues with… 
 
Alan Donald, viola. Meg Rosher, Flute.
The Broadford Trio: Peter MacLaren, Judith Bullivant and Lynne Armistace-Brown.
 
The Reading Room committee wants to thank everyone who has supported our Skye group, and we wish all of you Happy Holidays. 
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We look forward to seeing you at the Classical Celebration. For information regarding this event or the Reading Room, we can be contacted at skyereadingroom@yahoo.co.uk or on Facebook: Reading Room – Skye.
 
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Marcello Tully to Share Snapshot of His Life

The Reading Room is fortunate that the Scottish Book Trust helps us put on a good party once a year for Book Week Scotland. We could only wish that our special guest for our November celebration were providing the refreshments.

Brazilian-born Marcello Tully represents the literal interpretation of the 2017 Book Week Scotland theme, “Nourish”. It is what he does, it is what he loves.

He will be reading from the first book he has written, The Key Ingredient, which he says is more than just a collection of recipes, it’s about the making of Marcello. A reflective snapshot of the life experiences that have defined him.

His passion for food developed while in his teens, when he worked part-time in London as a commis-chef in a local French restaurant. While reflecting his cooking style, The Key Ingredient recipes also weave in Marcello’s Brazilian heritage, his classical Roux- brothers training and his passion for the Highlands of Scotland, with their great bounty of local produce.

After Marcello relocated his family to the north-western isles in 2007 to take his place as Chef Director of Skye’s Kinloch Lodge, he was awarded a Michelin star for seven consecutive years.

Marcello represents Kinloch and Scotland around the world, as an ambassador and spokesman for the industry, and he has appeared frequently on TV, radio and in the press. He provides food demonstrations throughout the year to hotel guests, across the Uk and beyond. He recently has launched a series of workshops and classes at Kinloch Lodge, where he teaches a range of chef skills; he also shows how a professional kitchen operates and inspires guests with new ideas for entertaining at home.

Also on the menu for the evening is a Cookbook Frenzy – swap, buy, auction and browse a range of cookbooks. Bring your own, bring your friends’, bring your grandmothers’ or any other cookbooks you would like to share or show and tell to others.

Please join us for Marcello Tully and Scottish Book Week on Tuesday, November 28, 7:30 p.m., at Edinbane Community Hall. Everyone is welcome and there is no admission fee. Parking at the hall is limited, but there is street parking.  Refreshments will be served.

For more information about this event or about the Reading Room, contact us at skyereadingroom@yahoo.co.uk or message us on Facebook at Reading Room – Skye.

~ Book Week Scotland is aBook Week Scotland week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November.

During Book Week, people of all ages and walks of life will come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading. They will be joined in this celebration by Scotland’s authors, poets, playwrights, storytellers and illustrators to bring a packed programme of events and projects to life.

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