Burns | January 2019

Our January 2019 tour was based mainly in and around Edinburgh as part of the first ever Burns & Beyond Festival. In three days we gave 15 performances, revisiting venues such as Edinburgh Airport and Souper Saturday (a soup kitchen for the homeless) and many new ones too.

Giving our third and fourth performances in Craigmillar as part of the community arts programme in the area, the orchestra performed in Burnstane Primary School before walking down the street for a mixed community performance at St Martin’s Church to a wonderfully appreciative audience.

We gave our first prison performance at HMP Edinburgh to help celebrate Burns Day, and enjoyed poetry from the men there, as well as some haggis pakora and Irn Bru (a more Scottish thing we cannot think of!)

As part of the festival we gave performances at the National Museum of Scotland, St Giles’ Cathedral under the ‘Museum of the Moon’ and at Freemason’s Hall.

‘Just a quick note to say a HUGE thank you to you and the orchestra for such a fantastic concert last Friday.

It was an absolute joy and pleasure to host the ensemble, you were all fantastic, and the audience loved it. At our church service on Sunday, those who had been there were still bubbling with excitement and we were able to show photos on our big screen and even a short video of one of our members conducting the orchestra!’

St Martin’s Church, Edinburgh


25 January 20190945-1030Brunstane Primary School
25 January 20191100-1150St Martin’s Church
25 January 20191400-1500HMP Edinburgh 
25 January 20191530-1600Edinburgh Airport
25 January 20192030-2100Freemasons Hall
26 January 20191000-1050Souper Saturday
26 January 20191130-1230Edinburgh Farmers’ Market
26 January 20191300-1400St Giles’ Cathedral
26 January 20191400-1500National Museum of Scotland
26 January 20191800-1815Culture Trail
26 January 20192130-2215Glasgow Night Shelter
27 January 20191100-1145Riverside Museum
27 January 20191600-1630Princes Square
27 January 20191600-1630Refuweegee
27 January 20191600-1630Buchanan Street


Stormy WeatherHarold Aarlen arr. Raaf Hekkema
The Day DawnSally Beamish 
Let’s Face the Music and DanceIrving Berlin arr. Bernard von Rossum
Da Sneck o’ da SmaalieBlazing Fiddles arr. Douwe Nauta
Cathcart Phil Cunningham arr. Douwe Nauta 
Farewell to Stromness Peter Maxwell Davies 
March Ecossaise Claude Debussy 
It Don’t Mean a Thing Duke Ellington arr. Geert Rubingh 
Relight my Fire Dan Hartman arr. Jorne Meijer 
Hebrides OvertureFelix Mendessohn 
Symphony No. 3 ‘Scottish’ (2nd Movement)Felix Mendessohn 
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)The Proclaimers arr. Gordon Cree
Scots Medley trad. arr. Gordon Cree
AfricaToto arr. Joey O’Neill
SuperflyTreacherous Orchestra arr. Hugo Bouma