Reawakening | December 2018

Our December 2018 tour took us to Aberdeen for the first time, where we re-opened Aberdeen Music Hall after its multi-million pound refurbishment. Not many orchestras would relish the idea of playing on the street at 9am on a Saturday morning in December in Aberdeen (brrrr), but our musicians did so complete with the usual fun and energy. Opening the doors with a fanfare, the orchestra then ‘took over’ the building playing on the balconies, restaurant, foyer, and even on the stage.

One concert saw us collaborate with Sistema Scotland‘s Big Noise Torry, and performed alongside with these talented young musicians for their Christmas concert. We also performed at two Camphill venues, who cater for adults with learning disabilities – Newton Dee in Aberdeenshire and Ochil Tower School in Perthshire. One of our most moving performances was at Rachel House in Perthshire, a hospice for children and their families.

The other major event of this tour was performing at Social Bite’s Sleep in the Park, held each year to raise money and awareness of homelessness. Sharing the stage with KT Tunstall, Amy Macdonald and Eddie Reader, the orchestra performed to an enthusiastically cheering crowd. Afterwards, our intrepid musicians got out their sleeping bags, grabbed a hot chocolate a made themselves comfortable for a night outside in the park. In that vein we also gave a concert for our friends at the Glasgow Night Shelter, which assists destitute asylum seekers who have become homeless.

“Thanks for this. I was feeling really stressed before, and now I’m happier.

Service user, Glasgow Night Shelter


05 December 20182100-2200Glasgow Night Shelter
06 December 20181100-1150Nan Mackay Memorial Hall
06 December 20181220-1250Silverburn Shopping Centre
06 December 20181345-1430Ochil Tower School
06 December 20181700-1745Perth City Centre 
07 December 20180915-1000Perth Grammar School
07 December 20181100-1145Rachel House
07 December 20181300-1330Dundee City Centre
07 December 20181340-1350Dundee Marks and Spencer
07 December 20181355-1410Wellgate Centre
07 December 20181430-1445Olympia Pool 
07 December 20181600-1630Arbroath Tesco 
08 December 20180900-0930Aberdeen Music Hall Steps
08 December 20180930-0935Aberdeen Music Hall Steps
08 December 20180940-1000Aberdeen Music Hall Balcony
08 December 20181020-1045Aberdeen Music Hall restaurant
08 December 20181114-1145Aberdeen Christmas Market
08 December 20181400-1500Aberdeen Music Hall with Sistema Scotland 
08 December 20181600-1630Aberdeen Music Hall restaurant
08 December 20181800-1830Sleep in the Park 
09 December 20181000-1030Aberdeen Music Hall – stage 
09 December 20181100-1130Aberdeen Music Hall restaurant
09 December 20181200-1230Aberdeen Music Hall restaurant
09 December 20181600-1700Newton Dee Village


Romanian DancesBéla Bartók
The Day DawnSally Beamish
Symphony No. 5 (1st Movement) Let’s Face the Music and Dance Open FormsLudwig van Beethoven Irving Berlin (arr. Rossum) Earle Brown
Songs of Scotlandtrad. arr. Gordon Cree The Doors
Light my FireFiddlers Bid (arr. Nauta) Edward Greig
Da Scheck O’ Da Smaalie Morning, Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 Relight my FireDan Hartman
Symphony No. 45 (4th Movement) Joseph Haydn 
Black Sun RotationNicholas Morrish
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) El agua de la vida A-TrainThe Proclaimers (arr. Cree)
CaravanJuan Tizol (arr. Evers)
AfricaToto (arr. Joey O’Neil)
SuperflyTreacherous Orchestra (arr. Bouma) Various
Once in Royal David’s City arr. Tony Royse 
O Come All Ye Faithful arr. Tony Royse 
O Little Town of Bethlehem arr. Tony Royse 
The First Nowellarr. Tony Royse 
Silent Night arr. Tony Royse 
Still, Glowing Judith Weir