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KDAF: previous art grant awards

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Deeside Arts Forum has awarded several grants to young musicians, enabling them to attend music courses and summer schools.
Other personal development grants have included an award to enable an artist to attend a course on making hand-made paper to enhance
her art and to enable her to run classes on this subject in her local community.
Project support grants have been awarded to the “Yellow’s on the Broom” Arts Festival, “Sideline Multi Arts”, based at Woodend Barn
running workshops culminating in an annual performance and “Fèis Spè Ltd”, a ceilidh music group of sixteen young musicians, four of
whom live locally.
The Forum has also supported North East Open Studios, the newly-formed Woodend Music Society, The Burn’s Quoir, The Banchory
Birl, Grampian Young-Arts, The Finzean Project “Portrait Of Our Time” and The Tarland Welfare Trust.

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The Stonehaven Recorder Consort

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The Stonehaven Recorder Consort has had a very busy year. Most of
our players live in or around Stonehaven, so we are fortunate we can
get together quickly if we need extra rehearsals, or indeed celebrate
birthdays or and family occasions (a bonus we hadn’t thought about
when we got together!).
This year’s weather has curtailed some workshops-we had hoped to
get together with the Brechin group, but road conditions did not permit.
For Christmas 2010, (between snow storms!) , we accepted the kind
invitations of Edenholme and Clashfarquhar Old Folks Homes to play
carols. Afterwards, we enjoyed a chat and a cup of tea with the residents at Edenholme, and the following week met the Day-care ladies at Clashfarquhar, who took a great interest in our instruments, and joined in with alacrity on the percussion instrument we are collecting.
Playing in a group, whatever the weather, is a joyous activity and really
concentrates the mind on the pleasure of playing together, and it is a
even greater fun to share it with others. We are very fortunate to have
an enthusiastic leader (Anne Bellarby) who constantly challenges our
progress and performance, and has a wonderful knack of persuading
us to try working on instruments other than our own.
We always feel brighter after a rehearsal, and feel we have really grown
in confidence and musicality over the last year. We play a wide range of music –Scottish, English, Baroque, Renaissance, Jazz and Popular –
but if we need a lift at the end of a busy workshop we play Handel as
he always gives us a boost!

Sue Reid/Liz Hunt

Canny Act – Panto Time

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Canny Act’s panto this year: “Bah! Humbug!” brought a much needed ray of sunshine and warmth to this icy corner of the North East.
Playing to packed houses for both performances, the great Charles Dickens tale was retold in a way only Canny Act can. Keeping true to core of the story, Phil Murray’s Scrooge was a commanding presence throughout the show. Children leaving the village hall at the end of the performance were heard repeating his barking “Bah Humbug” with great amusement.

Written by Chris Rodger the show romped through the famous fable at a
fair lick, with able support from Debbie Murray as Cratchitt, and the five
strong chorus playing various parts (workers, bodies and skeletons etc).
The introduction of a certain legendary reggae star (Marley) brought the house down as Denis Garden and his fabulous Wailers brought Jamaican sunshine to Kinneff with a wonderful version of what developed into the show’s theme, “One Love” Disco, Reggae, and Ska numbers were sung with aplomb driven by a five piece band. So often local productions struggle with poor singing. Not so in Canny Act. Vibrant and witty numbers were all sung with confidence lifting the audience far away from the cold outside.
The three Dames (Ceri Webster, Karen Hales and Chris Rigby) pulled off
a fine balance between the pathos of the original story and the knockabout comedy of a pantomime. The Rat stuffing and Schoolroom scene providing plenty of laughs. The high spot was Scrooge’s scene where he meets Death (a wonderfully resigned yet totally camp performance from Jock Cantlay.) The singing of a unique take on Eric Idle’s “Not Yet Dead” with the chorus of bodies was immaculate, both hilarious and delightful. Rosie Hall made her Canny Act debut as Tiny Tim and pulled off a delightful and attention grabbing solo of “Somewhere Out There” with confidence and real stage presence. Local school children performed a hilarious puppet sketch, whilst the P5,6,7 from Catterline performed a new carol written for the show with great expression.
One local resident described the show as “The highlight of her year” It
would be hard to argue with that assessment.

Written by Kincardine and Deeside Arts Forum

February 10, 2011 at 2:12 pm