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2021 Christmas Concert - CANCELLED

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on December 13, 2021 at 5:10 PM

It is with regret that we, along with St Mary's Church, have come to the decision to cancel this year's Christmas Concert. This has been a blow to us all, as we expected this to be out first public performance since the start of the pandemic and we have been rehearsing many new pieces of music. However, we reluctantly came to the conclusion that cancelling the event was the most responsible thing to do, given the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the area, combined with the return of 10-day self-isolation, which has the potential to disrupt the Christmas plans for orchestra and choir members, as well as our audience.

This concert normally raises over £1000 for the Wayside Club Centre in Glasgow, whose primary purpose is to help meet the needs of the city's homeless. Their work continues despite the pandemic. Please consider visiting their website and making a donation this Christmas time.

We hope that rehearsals will continue after the Christmas Break, where we will focus our efforts on the Scottish Concert Band Festival in March, and hopefully more.

In the meantime, keep an eye on our website and social media channels where we will share some festive recordings soon! 

CPOF Return Post-Lockdown!

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on August 18, 2021 at 4:10 AM

Great news! We are delighted that the recent relaxing of restrictions means we can now gain access to our rehearsal space and begin playing together once again. 

Our first rehearsal back will be on Sunday 29th August, 7pm to 9pm in the Carluke Lifestyles Centre. Perhaps you've thought about joining us? We love to hear from anyone (of any ability) who is interested in playing flute or percussion in our orchestra. Please get in touch with us if that is you! 

Also, we have pencilled in our first public concert, which will be just before Christmas and hosted by the Choir of St. Mary's, Lanark. We hope to have many more events to add to the diary in the months ahead.

Thank you to all of those who have supported us through this very challenging 17 months or so and for all your kind words and comments on our "at home" recorded videos. We hope the videos lifted your spirits and all your comments and shares certainly lifted ours! We look forward to welcoming our audiences back to a proper concert soon. 

Gold Plus Award in Scottish Concert Band Virtual Festival 2021

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on April 5, 2021 at 6:05 AM

In the second of such events, the Scottish Concert Band Festival's National Finals were held virtually on 4th April 2021 due to ongoing coronavirus restictions. 

Carluke Primrose entered a programme of three videos which premiered as part of the festival. We were delighted that the adjudicators awarded out performace with a Gold Plus award.  

Our programme comprised:

  • Radetzky March by Johann Strauss, adapted for flute orchestra by John Bryce;
  • A new recording of Londondery Air, arranged by Percy Grainger and adapted by Emma Kennedy; and 
  • Pie in the Face Polka by Henry Mancini, adapted by John Bryce. 

Huge thanks again go to Emma, Paul and Hayley for pulling the audio and video together so well 

You can find out more about the Scottish Concert Band Festival on their website

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

Annual General Meeting 2021

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on February 8, 2021 at 6:50 AM

The 2021 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes took place on Sunday 7th February 2021, via Zoom.

The minutes of the previous AGM and the balance sheet for the previous year were proposed and seconded. It was acknowledged that although the orchestra has been unable to rehearse or perform together over the past year, the series of "at home" video performances were well received and that entry into the Scottish Concert Band Virtual Festival was a positive development, given the circumstances. It was also acknowledged that there appears to be no immediate prospect of face-to-face activities being able to resume any time soon.

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
12. Committee MemberWilliam Baird


Non-Committee Posts

Equipment Officer Donna Black

Librarian Fraser Russell

Health & Safety Officer Gemma Wylie

The current list of Honorary Presidents/Members is as follows. No changes were proposed.

Honorary Presidents 
Dougie Russell

David Simpson 

John Bryce 

Stuart Laird 

Nelson Knox

Honorary Members 
Robert Hyslop
Eileen Logan

Jonathan Hargreaves 

"Moment for Morricone" at Scottish Concert Band Virtual Festival

Posted by Carluke Primrose Orchestral Flutes on December 26, 2020 at 12:25 PM

Normally in November, several weeks of rehearsal would culminate in the Scottish Concert Band Festival regional qualifiers. However, this year the event was unable to take place due to the ongoing coronavirus restrictions.

In response, the SCBF ran a "virtual festival" with a stream of recorded perfomances followed by an adjudication.

CPOF are pleased to have come "together" with recordings from our own homes, with a performance of Moment for Morricone. This is a medley of some of Ennio Morricone's greatest movie themes. We felt this was timely due to Morricone's passing in July this year. This was a completely new arrangement by CPOF conductor Emma Kennedy.

We are delighted that adjudicators Hughina Naylor and John Maben awarded the virtual performance with a "Gold" award.

Huge thanks to Emma, Paul and Hayley for pulling the audio and video together so wonderfully.

You can find out more about the Scottish Concert Band Festival on their website

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

"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