Festive family entertainment at Falkirk Town Hall

Alasdair Tait will play at 'A Bairns Christmas' on December 23
Alasdair Tait will play at 'A Bairns Christmas' on December 23

A Bairn is heading home with an early Christmas present not only for his family but also music lovers across Falkirk district.

Alasdair Tait will be the guest soloist at this year’s ever-popular ‘A Bairns’ Christmas’ which takes place in Falkirk Town Hall on Sunday, December 23.

With the usual high demand for tickets for this carol concert, two performances will take place at 2.30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Featuring Falkirk Caledonia Choir, Falkirk Festival Chorus and Falkirk Tryst Orchestra, the 100-strong company will sing carols old and new. There will also be plenty of opportunity for the audience to join in.

As always, the performances are introduced and conducted by Robert Tait, with piano accompaniment by Christine Tait.

Their son Alasdair, will complete the family theme as the concert’s soloist.

An acclaimed cellist, he is a former pupil of Graeme High School and went on to study at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) in Manchester, before performing internationally as cellist of the Belcea Quartet until 2006.

He has held a variety of prestigious posts, including director of chamber music at the RNCM, artistic director of the RNCM International Chamber Music Festival, professor of chamber music at the International Chamber Music Institute of the Reina Sofia Conservatorie in Madrid and has been a regular professor at the Britten-Pears International Quartet Academy and Lake District Summer Music.

Alasdair frequently is invited to be a jury member at international competitions and gives master classes at home and abroad.

In 2009 he took up the position of head of chamber music at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, in addition to continuing in his role as chief executive of the Young Classical Artists Trust.

Alasdair’s achievements were recognised closer to home in 2007 when he was named Falkirk and District Arts and Civic Council Personality of the Year.

Tickets for these two special performances are available now from the Steeple Box Office, telephone (01324) 506850 and cost £10, £8 for concessions and £4 for children.