|The orchestra committee would like to express its grateful thanks to Alison Rushworth, our conductor for our Winter Concert, on behalf of all the musicians. Alison did a fantastic job getting through a busy single rehearsal on schedule and always with good humoured encouragement. She conducted the concert with great aplomb and very generously waived her conducting fee, enabling the orchestra to make a larger donation to Marie Curie. The committee presented her with two bottles of locally produced craft gin and two Borders Chamber Orchestra engraved gin goblets as a token of our gratitude.
The photograph from left to right: Nicky (Secretary), Paul (Treasurer & Webmaster), Alison, Simon (Chair), Cath (Orchestra Leader & Music Librarian) and Gillian (Charities & Front of House)
|Photographs from the Winter Concert are now available to view on our website on the Photos page along with some video clips from the concert.
|Our chosen charity for our Winter Concert was Marie Curie whose nurses help with the provision of end-of-life care at home for people in the Borders. We collected £274.46 in donations at the concert and the orchestra has been able to contribute a further £750 from our ticket sales to make a magnificent total donation to Marie Curie of £1,024.46. The photograph shows our Treasurer, Paul, with Caroline Green, a fundraising volunteer with Marie Curie in the Borders, at the concert on Saturday.
|Borders Chamber Choir will be performing the St John Passion on Saturday 30th March at 2pm in Melrose Parish Church with 5 professional soloists and accompanied by the Borders Chamber Orchestra.
Tom Raskin (Evangelist) is a tenor with the BBC Singers and The Sixteen and has performed many roles both in the UK and abroad
Georgie Malcolm (Soprano) is fast establishing herself as a versatile singer of opera, oratorio and song.
Judy Brown (Alto) is a Scottish singer based in London, singing a wide range of early, classical and contemporary music for mezzo-soprano/contralto. She is an experienced recitalist, consort, opera and oratorio singer.
Chris Elliott (Tenor) is a Lyric Tenor with bases in Scotland, Northumberland, London &
New York. He is best known for opera and oratorio
Jon Stainsby (Bass) is a lyric baritone establishing a varied career in opera, oratorio and recital.
Tickets are available online from Borders Chamber Choir on Trybooking.com and at the door: £15, Concessions £10.
|Our winter concert will take place at Melrose Parish Church on Saturday 17th February 2024 at 7pm
Conductor: Alison Rushworth
Leader: Cath Cormie
Soprano: Claire Taylor
Mozart: Overture to La Clemenza di Tito
Mozart: Aria "Parto, parto ma tu ben mio" from La Clemenza di Tito
Dvorak: Czech Suite Op.39
Elgar: Serenade for Strings Op.20
Beethoven: Symphony No.2
Adults £10, 18 years or under free. Tickets may be purchased in advance on our website (click here) or at the door on the evening of the concert. Programme and interval refreshments are included in the ticket price.
|The orchestra committee has chosen Marie Curie to be the charity that we will support at our Winter Concert on 17th February 2024. Marie Curie is the leading charity for end of life care in the UK. They run a number of hospices in the UK, the nearest being in Edinburgh, but they are best known in the Borders for providing Marie Curie nurses to help care for terminally ill patients in their own homes. There will be an opportunity for audience members to donate at the end of the concert and Marie Curie daffodil badges will be available as this will be the start of their annual daffodil fundraising campaign.
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|Barbara Wright, Chair of Postnatal Depression Borders, accepts the donation of £400 raised for our associated charity at our inaugural concert in November.
|The orchestra committee are pleased to announce that our Inaugural Concert on 4th November raised £400 for PND Borders, our chosen charity for this concert, which we have paid into their bank account, Thank you to all who donated. We will announce the charity to be associated with our next concert shortly.
|Photographs and two 30 second video clips of our Inaugural Concert and rehearsal on 4th November are now on the website on our Photos page. There are photos of the orchestra and Borders Chamber Choir who also had their first performance.
|Our next concert is scheduled for 17 February 2024 at Melrose Parish Church when we will be directed by the talented Edinburgh-based conductor Alison Rushworth. The programme is almost finalised. This concert will be ticketed, adults £10, 18 and under free. We very much look forward to that concert and to seeing you there.
|The Borders Chamber Choir is Scotland’s newest choir. It is made up of gifted amateurs and semi-professionals and seeks to perform a wide variety of accompanied and unaccompanied music, from Carver to Tallis, Bach to Purcell, and Poulenc to MacMillan. Amongst our aims are promoting young Scottish/Scottish-trained musicians/soloists as well as using the best orchestral players from in and around the Borders.
"The choir are delighted to be giving their first performance on 4th November at the inaugural concert of the Borders Chamber Orchestra - a ‘showcase’, if you like, of who we are and how we sound. Our conductor will introduce our short programme, which will include a variety of pieces in a variety of styles."
"We begin rehearsals proper in the New Year, preparing for our inaugural concert - a performance of Bach’s St John Passion on the Saturday immediately prior to Easter 2024, accompanied by the Borders Chamber Orchestra. Our Evangelist will be Tom Raskin, a tenor who trained in Scotland and went on to sing with The Sixteen and the BBC Singers. Beyond that, we will present a regular programme of concerts throughout each year as well as taking part in the Melrose Music Festival."
The Choir is the creation of its Director, Robert Marshall, a professionally trained conductor, choir trainer, and singer who has extensive experience making music in the Borders and beyond. Having studied under Kenneth Leighton at Edinburgh University, Robert trained as an orchestral conductor (founding the Edinburgh University Chamber Orchestra along the way, which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year). He also set up and conducted the Glasgow Chamber Choir (which will turn 30 next year).
He went on to become the Chorus Master of the Edinburgh Royal Choral Union, performing with professional orchestras including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and the BT Scottish Ensemble in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall and further afield.
As a singer, Robert began as a Lay Clerk at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh, before joining Cappella Nova and singing with a range of choirs and organisations performing oratorios and performing the part of the Evangelist. On Good Friday this year he was the Evangelist in a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion given in this very church.
Robert was recently appointed the Artistic Director of the Melrose Music Festival for 2024 and beyond. He lives in the Borders.