Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes



The latest news from Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes.

Please note all rehearsals and events are cancelled until further notice due to the Coronavirus restrictions. 

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"You've Got a Friend in Me" - Our Latest "at Home" Recording with Flutes Unlimited

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on June 14, 2020 at 3:10 PM

In the third of our series of "at home" videos, we've teamed up with the fantastic Flutes Unlimited from Glasgow to perform Randy Newman's "You've Got a Friend in Me".

Thank you to Mel Orriss of Wonderful Winds for the arrangement, and again to Emma and Paul Kennedy for pulling it all together so brilliantly. 

You can find out more about Flutes Unlimited on their website

You can find more videos from our previous performances on our YouTube channel.

Player of the Year 2020 - Kirk Anderson Memorial Trophy

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on June 8, 2020 at 4:20 AM

Saturday evening (6th June) should have been our Annual Concert but due to current circumstances it was unable to go ahead. To mark the occasion we have decided to still award one of our members with our “Player of the Year” trophy. The Kirk Anderson Memorial Trophy is awarded annually at the discretion of the Musical Director. It recognises the special contribution of an individual within the orchestra. It may be awarded be on account of excellent playing, leadership or extra effort. The nominations for this year are:

David Lannigan­ – Our President, David has been a member of the orchestra for a number of years. He is extremely reliable and a fantastic flute player. Even though he is currently in the C Bass section of the orchestra, this hasn’t stopped him from filling in other sections when needed (and sometimes at extremely short notice!) This year he has played Subcontrabass, Contrabass, C Bass, Alto and Solo Concert! Thanks for all your hard work, David!

Gemma Wylie – Gemma is currently playing 1st Treble and has made massive improvements this year. I have been so impressed by her willingness to try and improve her playing. She has even been spotted playing C Bass in our most recent video! Well done, Gemma!

William Baird - William has only recently joined the orchestra and is working towards attainment of ABRSM Grade 2. As an adult beginner, he comes readily prepared to his lessons with many questions and his own suggestions for improvement – even spending time during lockdown watching masterclasses on YouTube! Although the music in the orchestra is challenging for him, he doesn’t let this stop him and is able to keep up with everyone – under the watchful eye of his lovely mother-in-law, Elaine. Well done, Willie!

Alison Weir – Our treasurer, Alison has been a member of the band for many years but often shies away from the spotlight. However she is a great flute player, ably leading the 1st C section every week. I hope she begins to believe in her talents! Well done, Alison!

The winner of the Kirk Anderson Memorial Trophy this year is William Baird. Congratulations to him!

"Building Futures" with Persimmon

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on June 3, 2020 at 8:50 AM

We were delighted to hear that we were one of two organisations in the West of Scotland to receive a £1,000 donation from Persimmon Homes during April. This is part of Persimmon's "Building Futures" programme, which is donating £1 million to support organisations working with young people in education and the arts, sport and health. 

We intend to use this donation to further support and develop our successful Youth Group. This will include the provision and maintenance of quality instruments to Youth Group participants. 

In addition to hundreds of local donations of £1,000 across the UK, 96 initiatives will go on to compete for top prizes of £100,000 through a national online public vote. The overall winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in October.

You can find out more about the Building Futures fund on the Persimmon Homes website.

Renewable Energy Funding Boost for CPOF

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on June 3, 2020 at 8:40 AM

We are incredibly grateful to the South Lanarkshire Renewable Energy Fund, who recently awarded us £1,800.

The ongoing pandemic meant we had to cancel our Annual Concert, which as well as being our main performance of the year, it is also a vital fundraiser to help us keep on doing what we do. As a community not-for-profit organisation we rely on membership payments, donations and concert income to cover all our costs.

The prospect of losing out on the income of our Annual Concert was a daunting one, but this is a very welcome funding boost from the Covid-19 Third Sector Resilience Fund, which was set up as part of the wider Renewable Energy Fund. 

More information about the Covid-19 Third Sector Resilience Fund can be found here.

Londonderry Air - Our Latest "At Home" Performance

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on April 24, 2020 at 4:30 AM

It's difficult for everyone right now, being separated from loved ones.

For us, being part of CPOF isn't just about the music, it's about the friendships too. Over the years, we've been at each other's weddings, seen babies born, watched them grow up, and generally been a large part of each other's lives.

This is our conductor, Emma's, arrangement of Percy Grainger's "Londonderry Air" - a beautiful piece of music in its own right, but also music that reminds us of "that" scene in the film Brassed Off where the band gather to play outside the conductor's hospital ward. To us, that sums up being part of CPOF - being amongst friends who become family and where anyone is welcome. 

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We've included some memories from over the years, to remind us of the good times that have been and that will happen again once we can be together again.

Finally, thank you again to Emma & Paul Kennedy, for their efforts in putting this together.

You can find more videos from previous performances on our YouTube channel

Highland Cathedral - Lockdown Edition!

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on April 7, 2020 at 5:00 PM


Since we can't have rehearsals or concerts at the moment, we've recorded a version of Roever and Korb's "Highland Cathedral" - all recorded from our own homes (with a little help from Chris on the bagpipes!)


Check out the video below:

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We dedicate this to all the key workers who are keeping the country going during this difficult time.


#stayhome #savelives

Huge thanks to Emma & Paul Kennedy for being able to pull this together!

You can find more videos from previous performances on our YouTube channel


Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on March 15, 2020 at 3:35 PM

Please note that CPOF rehearsals will be cancelled until further notice due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. This follows the cancellation of the Scottish Concert Band Festival National Finals in Perth this weekend. 

This decision has been made to help protect our members, but also their eldery and/or vulnerable family members. This will be reviewed as this fast moving situation becomes clearer. Any updates will be posted on the website and sent to members directly. 

Annual General Meeting 2020

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on January 25, 2020 at 3:55 AM

The 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes took place on Sunday 12th January 2020 in the Carluke Lifestyles Centre.  

The minutes of the previous AGM and the balance sheet for the previous year were proposed and seconded. President David Lannigan delivered a positive review of the year just gone, noting success in contests/music festivals and great concerts, buoyed by the inlfux of new members. Outgoing conductor Jon Hargreaves spoke of the orchestra's strong progress under his tenure and also how grateful he was of the welcome and co-operation from the rest of the group. He leaves us with the orchestra's very best wishes. Meanwhile, we are delighted that former Deputy Conductor, Emma Kennedy, takes over the Conductor and Musical Director role.

Commitee Members for the year ahead were also elected, as follows:

Committee Posts
1. President David Lannigan
2. Secretary Stuart Laird
3. Treasurer Alison Weir 
4. Vice-PresidentBryan Wood
5. Fundraising OfficerLauren Serrells & Fraser Russell
6. Marketing & PR OfficerLauren Serrells
7. Youth Orchestra RepresentativeAlyson Ross
8. Committee MemberDonna Black
9. Committee MemberBryan Chalmers
10. Committee MemberStewart Inchliffe
11. Committee MemberGemma Wylie


Non-Committee Posts

Equipment Officer Donna Black

Librarian Fraser Russell

Health & Safety Officer Gemma Wylie

Nelson Knox was made an Honorary President and Jon Hargreaves was made an Honorary Member. The current list of Honorary Presidents/Members is as follows:

Honorary Presidents 
Dougie Russell

David Simpson 

John Bryce 

Stuart Laird 

Nelson Knox

Honorary Members 
Robert Hyslop
Eileen Logan

Jonathan Hargreaves 

Emma Kennedy Appointed Conductor and Musical Director

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on January 25, 2020 at 3:40 AM

Emma Kennedy has been appointed as the Conductor and Musical Director for Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes from January 2020. Emma has been a player with CPOF since she was a teenager. She then went on to qualify in music at Edinburgh Napier Univeristy and her commitment to CPOF has been unwavering throughout. Laterally, she held the role of Deputy Conductor and has led the orchestra in several concerts and music festivals, as well as arranging some marvellous pieces of music. We're all very much looking forward to working with Emma throughout 2020 and beyond and congratulate her on her appointment! 

While we are delighted that Emma will lead the orchestra, it is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to Jon Hargreaves, who has left us to focus on his other projects across the UK and beyond which are really taking off. This includes projects like the fantastic Nevis Ensemble. Jon has worked tirelessly over the past few years advancing the musical capability of the orchestra and arranging music, and we are very grateful for his service. He leaves us with the very best wishes for the future and will remain in touch. 

CPOF Perform at the Scottish Parliament

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on October 16, 2019 at 4:00 PM

Carluke Primrose were delighted to play in the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament on Friday 11th October. It was part of this year's Festival of Politics.

Thank you to the festival organisers for the invite and also to all those who stopped off to listen!