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Concerts: 6 – 20 June, 2014

Update from Andy Saunders, Artistic Director, 23 May, 2014

Now that we’ve been promised a six-week-sizzler by the Met Office, I hope that you’re looking forward to basking in the evening sunlight in the Cottier’s courtyard, between concerts…

Tickets are going  steadily, so make sure that you get yours in advance to make sure of the discounted price – you can either order them online, by phone from 0333 666 3366 (£1.50 transaction fee) or by dropping in at Hillhead Library, where we have a temporary box office table.  That’s always assuming of course that you don’t have either a Beard Like Brahms or Dmitri Eyes…!  A stack of loyalty cards is also awaiting, so be sure to collect one at the first concert that you come along to.  We’ll stamp it on each visit, and then the full card will turn into your ticket for the 6th.  Be careful though…if a concert sells out, you’ll have to postpone your freebie until 2015!

We’ve also got a new blog up and running, so keep an eye on that for the innermost thoughts of the performers and planning team (or send something in if you would like to contribute yourself).  We’ll be adding sound and video clips of various things as well, so you’ll be able to have a taste of what is coming up.

If you’ve not yet seen details of our partner programme at The Cottier Dance Project , it’s well worth having a look.  It will be the same format, with performances lasting around an hour, so if you’ve never been along to see any contemporary dance before, this could be the ideal time to take a risk. Some of the dancers will be joining Daniel’s Beard at 11am on the 14th June (in St Silas) for our family concert – which really is an all-age programme with poems by Lear, Carroll and Tennyson set to some amazing music – so if you’re in the mood for a spot of multi-art entertainment then I’ll hope to see you there!

If you’re in the mood for some music making yourself, then you might fancy joining the first gathering of the West End Festival Chorus for their Come and Sing event on Sunsday afternoon.  I’ve no idea what the music will be (there’s a commonwealth theme), but I know that Michael Bawtree is in charge of things – he’s very good and can find a way to make even the croakiest of voices blend beautifully!

Concerts 6 – 20 June

From the 6th – 20th June we will be having 2 concerts each evening, one at 6.30 and one at 8.30pm.  Most of these are in Cottier’s (the 7th and 14th are in St Silas Church), and they will all last around an hour.  They include the first instalment of the Currie & Quirk Shostakovich Series.  Sponsored by Byres Road opticians Currie & Quirk (in celebration of Shostakovich’s distinctive eyewear), there will be a complete cycle of his string quartets over the next 3 years, starting with the Maxwell Quartet performing No.1 on 7th June at 6.30pm in St Silas, Woodlands Road (opposite Kelvingrove Gates)  If you’re a C&Q customer, then pop in there for your discount code!

Lunchtime series
Each weekday at 1.10pm we will be holding a free concert at the Hunterian Art Gallery.  Each performance features a single work – one of Bach’s solo string suites, partitas or sonatas.  The players come from host ensemble Daniel’s Beard, the SCO, the RSNO, Dunedin Consort and Scottish Opera.  The concerts are unticketed, but seating will be limited, so turn up early!  It will be standing room only once they’re all gone.

A Late Quartet

7 June – The Grosvenor Cinema

We’re linking up with The Grosvenor Cinema to show A Late Quartet before the first of our Currie & Quirk Shostakovich Series concerts on the 7th June.  The film, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christopher Walken, explores the inner workings of a world famous string quartet…how accurate is the Hollywood version?  You’ll have to come along to one of the concerts and quiz the players!

Complete Nonsense and The Lady of Shalott

14 June, St Silas 11 am
The selection of nonsense poems that Lenny Sayers has set to music for host ensemble Daniel’s Beard has been immensely popular throughout Scotland.  There are few dry eyes at the end of The Owl and the Pussycat!  Daniel’s Beard have just returned from a week of rehearsals for his new piece – The Lady of Shalott – which also includes 2 dancers.  The players have been raving about how good it is, so come along to St Silas at 11am on the 14th and find out!

In Conversation

15 June, 3 p.m.
We thought that we’d open a can of worms with a discussion about how the cultural landscape in Scotland might look following the referendum in September.  We’re not going down the political-conversion route, but on the 15th June at 3pm, our panel of journalists and arts commentators will be discussing the possible ways in which things might change, whatever the result.

Cottier Dance Project

Due to the lack of large stages with orchestra pits in the West End, The Grosvenor Cinema will be showing some archive ballet footage followed by the classic Astaire and Rogers film Shall We Dance on the 22nd June.  The live action will take place in Cottier’s for the rest of that week, with 3 performances of a new work, Footprints, for 4 dancers and 4 traditional musicians (the multi-award winning Emily Smith alongside Jamie McClennan and band) on the 23rd, 24th and 25th at 6.30pm, followed by a showcase programme on the 26th and 27th at 8.30pm made up of several short pieces by dancers and choreographers who are linked with Scotland’s national companies.

Special Ticket Deals

If you’ve survived until the end of this epistle, have a look through our special ticket deals and start booking!  The full programme is up on the website at where you’ll also find details of our box office, our supporters group (The Cottier Chamber Circle) and a chance to see how you would look in composer mode…

Strawberry Tea, Breast Cancer Care, Fundraising 1st June – 31st August, 2014
Cottier Chamber Project, June Listings 2014

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