Saturday, November 9 saw a capacity audience fill Tornaveen Hall for its popular annual Variety Concert, writes Andrew Wilson.
Compered by distinguished local patron of the arts Sir Hamish Lindsay-MacFee. Bart (alias Mr Geoff Cormack), the Tornaveen Singing Group, under the baton of Neil Bayfield opened and closed the concert.
David, Wendy and Lucy Meiklejohn gave splendid piano recitals, and another by Brad Arthur was movingly dedicated to the late George Donald. Music of the fiddle by Osh Arthur and lyrical accordion playing in the French style by Regis Lechatellier, set feet tapping with pleasure, while the Banchory Morris Men danced in frenzied fashion.
Two very talented young cellists, Ian Leahy and Ben Bailey performed with beautiful intonation.
Dr Tara Leiper, Musician and Teacher of Music from Banchory, accompanied some of her adult pupils, in addition to preparing several of the young pianists for performance.
Ceri Kindly sang a stunning operatic solo from Handel’s Julius Caesar, and Simone and Wilhelmina’s charming duets, filled the hall with rich sound. The fine voice of Lucy Bailey, accompanied by Clarinettist, Heather Blackwood and pianist Tara Leiper, entertained the audience with songs composed by Sheila Maxwell of Aboyne.
Denis Burns brought the eternal sound of the Beatles to Tornaveen and the local Doric humour in the stories and songs of Madge Wards, in her Nicky Tams. The concert ended with a Cockney Character Song by Lynne Burns.