THE HIGHLAND REGIMENTAL BAND AND DANCERS PERFORM AT LEHMAN COLLEGE IN THE BRONX
On Sunday, January 26, 2003 at 2 p.m. The Band of the Grenadier Guards and the Pipes Drums and Dancers of the Scots Highlanders performed their program. Both units did an outstanding job and the audience was appreciative of the talent, enthusiasm and dedication of the performers.
After the performance, Scotia News spoke with Capt. Stuart Samson, Pipe Major Michael J. Gray and Drum Major James Clark of the Scots Highlanders, the regiment formed by combining most of the kilted regiments in Scotland and merging parts of the uniforms. The three pointed out that the performers, all members of the units are all trained as fill time soldiers, and are capable of functioning in battle.
Many of the pipers have been playing since an early age, but the dancers often begin once they join the regiment. They all learn to dance and then some are selected as performers.
It was, as usual, great to hear the pipers and see the dances performed by the members of the military. The performance was great and we wish them the best of luck with the rest of the tour and any other of their endeavors.
Click here to see a slide show of the performance.
THE SALTIRE SOCIETY'S NEW YORK BRANCH PRESENTS MISS JENI MONROSE IN AN EVENING OF SCOTTISH SONG
The Saltire Society's New York branch will present Miss Jeni Montrose, mezzo-soprano from Edinburgh who will perform an "Evening of Scottish Song" on June 4th at 7:30 in room 3491 of the Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave. in New York City.
The program, arranged by Dr. Bruce MacIntyre of City University of New York's music department, will include some Scottish songs arranged by Beethoven and Hayden. Dr. MacIntyre will accompany Miss Montrose at the piano. It is interesting to note that Scottish music was of sufficient interest in Europe to attract the notice of these two famous composers who set out arrangements of them.
The event is free to members of the Saltire Society of Scotland and there is a suggested donation of $10. for all others.
AMERICAN SCOTTISH FOUNDATIONS' BURNS NICHT SUPPER
A glorious Burns Supper was held at a private club in New York, hosted by the American Scottish Foundation under the leadership of Alan Bain.
The dinner contained all the required events and some really great food. But the piece de resistance was a wonderful performance by Miss Jean Redpath who delighted one and all with her wonderful voice and her humor. Surely one of the highlights of the evening was her discussion of Burns' setting of his poems to existing Scottish tunes. She pointed out that he had been on the verge of moving to the Jamaica and then produced some wonderful settings of what might have happened had he gone. Can you believe Burns' poems sung to Calypso music! Look out Harry Belafonte!
Click here to see a slide show of the Supper.