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Annual General Meeting 2019

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on January 7, 2019 at 11:05 AM

The 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes took place on Sunday 6th January 2019 in the Carluke Lifestyles Centre.  

The minutes of the previous AGM and the balance sheet for the previous year were proposed and seconded. Both outgoing president, Stuart Laird; and conductor, Jon Hargreaves delivered an upbeat review of the year gone by and thanked everyone for their contribution.

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

Committee Posts
1. President David Lannigan
2. Secretary Emma Kennedy
3. Treasurer Alison Weir 
4. Vice-PresidentBryan Wood
5. Fundraising OfficerFraser Russell
6. Marketing & PR OfficerDougie Russell
7. Youth Orchestra RepresentativeEmma Kennedy
8. Committee MemberDonna Black
9. Committee MemberHannah Watson
10. Committee MemberLauren Serrells
11. Committee MemberBryan Chalmers
12. Committee MemberAlyson Nelson
13. Committee MemberStewart Inchliffe
14. Committee MemberStuart Laird


Non-Committee Posts

Equipment Officer Donna Black

Librarian Fraser Russell

Health & Safety Officer Gemma Wylie

Honorary Presidents 
John Chalmers
Dougie Russell

David Simpson 

John Bryce 

Stuart Laird 

Honorary Members 
Robert Hyslop
Eileen Logan

Nelson Knox 

Over £1,000 raised for homeless with St Mary's Choir

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on January 7, 2019 at 10:20 AM

Carluke Primrose were delighted to have been invited once again to share their Christmas Concert with the Choir of St Mary's Church in Lanark on Sunday 16th December. 

Both the Orchestra and the Choir showcased a wide selection of pieces, culminating in a joint performance of the carol O Holy Night.

The Primrose Youth Group consisting of Zachary, Beth, Jess, Ellie & Christopher also performed, some of them for the first time in public. 

Together the Choir and the Orchestra raised a fantastic £1,120 to help homeless people in Glasgow, with all proceeds donated to The Wayside Club. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all who came along and were so generous. We’re sure this donation will make the Christmas season a little brighter for some of the country's most vulnerable people.

...and for those who are interested, Bryan Wood won the prize for the best Christmas jumper!

Gold Award at SCBF Regional Qualifer

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on December 9, 2018 at 5:40 PM

Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes were pleased to play for a second year at the Scottish Concert Band Festival. The Regional Qualifier was held at Williamwood High School in East Renfrewshire on Sunday 2nd December. 

Carluke performed "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Paul Dukas, conducted by Jon Hargreaves. We were delighted when the adjudicators awarded our performance with a Gold Award. This means that we will progress to the National Finals which will be held in Perth Concert Hall in March 2019. Details of our slot at Perth will be announced on the Events page in due course.

CPOF Regain SAFA Scottish Championship Title

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on December 9, 2018 at 5:15 PM

We are pleased to announce that Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes' have regained the SAFA Scottish Championship on 24th November.  The announcement of the result after the contest was met by celebration from the orchestra's members and conductor, Jon Hargreaves. The Scottish Amateur Flute Association's National Contest was hosted at Calderhead High School in Shotts.


In this contest each entrant must play a Hymn Tune of their own choice and a test piece set by SAFA. This year's test piece for Grade 1 was "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" by Paul Dukas.  In the Hymn Tune section, Carluke entered with "I Vow to Thee My Country", by Holst.


Mr. Jerry Randalls was the adjudicator of the day's performances and awarded many of the trophies on offer to Carluke Primrose.


Carluke took home prizes for 1st place both in the Hymn Tune section and in the main Grade 1 section. Congratulations to our one-man percussion team - Paul Kennedy - who took home the Percussion Award. and we thank him for stepping in at short notice. In addition, our percussion team were delighted to have recieved the percussion award once again.  The conductor's interpretation prize was also awarded to Carluke.


A results summary is given below:

Own Choice Hymn Tune Section:

1st Carluke Primrose95

Grade 1 : Test Piece - "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", Dukas.

Place EntrantPoints
1st Carluke Primrose94






Percussion PrizeCarluke Primrose
Interpretation PrizeCarluke Primrose
Solo Treble Flute


New Videos on YouTube!

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on August 14, 2018 at 4:50 PM

Check out our YouTube Channel now to see our newly added videos. They include the theme from The Pink Panther, Rodrigo's Adagio and Danny Elfman's Music from a Darkened Theatre

Annual Concert Videos Coming Soon!

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on June 27, 2018 at 5:40 PM

The Orchestra recently held their 38th Annual Concert in Kirkton Church in Carluke. We recorded some pieces of music for you to enjoy on video. Watch this space, they'll be up on our YouTube channel as soon we've taken all the film reels and made the final cut.

Annual Concert Tickets Now Available!

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on May 14, 2018 at 3:40 PM

As we approach our 80th Anniversary, tickets for our 38th Annual Concert on Saturday 23rd June are now on sale. 

Find out more on the Event page

First Place at SAFA Spring Contest

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on April 29, 2018 at 7:40 PM

Saturday (28th April) saw Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes travel to Troon Concert Hall, to take first place at the Scottish Amateur Flute Association's (SAFA) Scottish Open Spring Contest.

Adjudicating the contest was Mr Alan Friel. Alan is currently Head of Instrumental Services at East Ayrshire Council and made his name in the Brass Band world as sub-principal Trumpet with the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. He also adjudicates for the Scottish Concert Band Festival and Aberdeen Music Festival.

The contest had two sections, the graded section where each ensemble plays their own programme of music lasting no longer than 20 minutes, and an open march category. In both categories points out of 100 would be awarded as well as prizes for best piccolo, percussion, entertainment and the highest aggregate score overall.

The orchestra, ably led by Deputy Conductor Emma Kennedy, played played John Bryce's arrangement of The Dambusters March by Eric Coates in the Open March section This was the first public performance of this march.

In the first grade section of the contest, the orchestra performed Edvard Greig's Holberg Suite, arranged by conductor Jon Hargreaves. This a long and demading piece which showcases the different voices across the orchestra. 

Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes were awarded first place in both the graded section and open march, with 98 points scored in both sections. The orchestra were also awarded the highest aggregate points trophy. The piccolo award was also presented to Carluke Primrose jointly with Glasgow Amater Flute Ensemble. 

Results Summary

Open March Section:
1stCarluke Primrose98 points
2ndGlasgow Amateurs
97 points
3rd Kilwinning96 points

Grade 1 Own Choice:
1stCarluke Primrose98 points
2ndGlasgow Amateurs97 points
3rd Kilwinning94 points

Other Awards:
PiccoloCarluke Primrose/Glasgow Amateurs (joint win)
PercussionGlasgow Amateurs
EntertainmentGlasgow Amateurs
Highest Points Aggregate
Carluke Primrose

*all points scored out of 100.

The orchestra are now busy rehearsing for their Annual Concert, to be held on Saturday 23rd June in Kirkton Church. An evening not to be missed! See the Event page for more details.

Gold Plus Award at SCBF National Finals

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on March 22, 2018 at 8:10 PM

On Sunday 18th March, CPOF travelled to Perth Concert Hall to perform at the National Finals of the Scottish Concert Band Festival. This is the first year the orchestra have competed in this competition, having qualified for the final in November. The orchestra played the full five movements of Greig’s Holberg Suite, guest conducted by Andrea Kuypers. CPOF were awarded a Gold Plus Award for their performance, with the adjudicator thanking “a fantastic ensemble” for their performance. Many thanks to Andrea for stepping in to the conductor's role!

Best Result for Carluke at Glasgow Music Festival

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on March 13, 2018 at 4:35 PM

Carluke achieved their best ever score at the 106th Glasgow Music Festival on Sunday. Under conductor Jon Hargreaves, the Primrose played an excerpt from Jon's own arrangement of Greig's Holberg Suite at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The adjudicator placed Carluke first out of the four ensembles playing in Class 240, awarding 90 out of a possible 100 points. A score of 90 or over is given for "an exceptional performance both technically and artistically"; and this is the first time that Carluke have achieved this. 

This puts the orchestra on a great footing before their first venture to the National Finals of the Scottish Concert Band Festival in Perth next week

Well done to all the other ensembles performing on the night - all of whom played to a high standard (Flute Phonics, Flutes Unlimited, Glasgow Amateur Flute Ensemble).

Unfortunately we were unable to film our performance in the Concert Hall, so click here to see the video of movements I & IV from our rehearsal before we headed into Glasgow.