The first stop on our tour was the lovely town of Easdale on Seil Island via the ‘Bridge over the Atlantic’. It was the first time the SCO had played in Easdale and we received a great reception from the locals. The audience were lovely and very enthusiastic about the performance.
The following day, before heading to our next stop, we took a short boat ride to Easdale Island to look at the slate quarries where we met Horn players Alec Frank-Gemmill and Harry Johnstone who were flying the flag for the SCO...joined by Hal Hutchison, Orchestra Manager.
Crear was the second stop on the tour and we made it just as the sun came out for a perfect view of this unique venue.
The players took advantage of the beautiful setting to warm up before the rehearsal. I even got a chance learn the horn!
Pianist Steven Osborne stayed for the concert and joined us for a relaxing game of scrabble at the end of the night (be careful when playing scrabble with Mr Osborne – he’s very good).
The following morning opened to some beautiful weather. We stopped at the Kilberry coves and met some players paddling in the shallows before taking the ferry to Arran.
We made it to Whiting Bay in Arran to discover the community hall stage was set up for an amateur murder mystery play. However, the SCO are nothing, if not flexible. We made it work (look out for the upside down fireplace), and later indulged in some amateur dramatics of our own.
It was a great tour with fantastic music and the opportunity to meet lovely people in beautiful surroundings – I’m looking forward to next year’s tours already.
Photo credits: Fraser Gordon, Hal Hutchison, Kate Lithgow and Zoë Westwood
We’ve filmed the reactions of the audience in the short video below.