Unity | April 2019

Our April 2019 Unity Tour saw the debut of our Nevis Community Choir. Forty singers were brought together from choirs and community groups from around Glasgow and beyond to sing with Nevis in performances around the city. For some it was the first time in decades they had sung with a choir. And in the words of one of the participants:

What a belter of a day! The Ensemble is everything music should be – the talent, enthusiasm, the sheer joy of it all. Impressed beyond words.” 

Choir participant

Funded thanks to the generosity of individuals through our Crowdfunder and Witherby Publishing Group, we managed to squeeze in seven performances across the day. Not only that, but we decided at even shorter notice to form a Nevis Community Choir to join us.

The reasoning behind the Unity Day was simply that as an organisation, we wanted to show solidarity with our European neighbours, as well as European citizens making their lives in this country. Like many orchestras in the UK, a significant proportion of Nevis Ensemble musicians are from outside of Scotland – particularly from other European nations. Our musicians have come to the UK to study, live and work, and we believe that their contribution to the ensemble and to society as a whole can only be positive and enriching.

As such, we thought that the perfect piece of music to embody this spirit of togetherness, was Beethoven’s Ode to Joy – the main theme from the final movement of his Ninth Symphony.

The melody is also used as the European Anthem, and expresses the ideals of a united Europe: freedom, peace, and solidarity. And apart from that, it was a good excuse to get some singers involved! 

All that being said, we definitely did not want to make the day about politics(!), and we visited friends old and new at Nan MacKay Memorial Hall, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Gartnavel Royal Hospital, Reidvale Adventure Playground Association, and Refuweegee. We also gave performances on Royal Exchange Square and Buchanan Street, drawing appreciative crowds of bemused office workers, and we even managed to persuade a couple of shoppers to have an impromptu ceilidh with us. 

The day finished with a performance from the orchestra and choir at the wonderful central hall in The Briggait for our good pals at Refuweegee. 

Performances

19 April 20191000-1030Royal Exchange Square
19 April 20191100-1145Nan Mackay Memorial Hall
19 April 20191300-1345Queen Elizabeth University Hosptial 
19 April 20191530-1615Reidvale Adventure Play Association 
19 April 20191700-1730Buchanan Street
19 April 20191830-1900Gartnavel Royal Hospital
19 April 20192000-2100The Briggait with Refuweegee

Repertoire

Dancing QueenABBA arr. Peter Keisjers
I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) The Proclaimers arr. Gordon Cree
Relight my FireDan Hartman arr. Jorne Meijer
CaravanJuan Tizol arr. Leonard Evers
Da Sneck o’ da SmaalieBlazing Fiddles arr. Douwe Nauta
Scots Medleytrad. arr. Gordon Cree
CathcartPhil Cunningham arr. Douwe Nauta
Hebrides OvertureFelix Mendelssohn 
Romanian DancesBela Bartók
Symphony No. 9 (4th Movement)Ludwig van Beethoven 
Black Sun Rotation Nick Morrish Rarity