Helensburgh Orchestral Society are celebrating their return to in-person rehearsals at the Victoria Halls this month.
They have been rehearsing online throughout the pandemic, and have been awarded over £7800 by Creative Scotland to commission a composition by composer Peter Longworth, for the orchestra to rehearse and perform online. The piece, ‘Mosaic’, has been written specifically for the Helensburgh Orchestral Society, and exploits the distinctive characteristics of online music-making, including latency and the isolation of individual players. The piece will be premiered online on 30th October.
In a further success, musical director Robert Baxter has won the “Best Instrumental Music Director” in the Making Music Awards 2021, announced on 8th September. The orchestra nominated him for his enthusiasm, dedication and innovation during the past year, as evidenced by the groups continued musical and social sessions, throughout the pandemic.
Robert Baxter says, “I’m delighted to have won this award, which recognises some of the challenges many community music groups have faced recently. The Helensburgh Orchestral Society continues to go from strength to strength, and our online piece ‘Mosaic’, written for the orchestra by Peter Longworth, is a demonstration of how we as an ensemble have risen to these challenges.”
The orchestra rehearses at the Victoria Halls on Monday nights, and there are currently vacancies in the strings and brass sections. For details of how to join, and further details of the Mosaic performance, please see: www.helensburgh-orchestra.co.uk