A year-long collaboration and a lifetime’s ambition came to fruition last night with the first performance of The Falkirk Music Pot.
Musicians and singers of all ages came together to perform at Falkirk Town Hall.
Traditional music legend Brian McNeill was commissioned to create and direct the project as part of Falkirk’s 2014 Creative Places Award.
Entitled ‘Acts of Discovery’, the winning submission had three strands, all based around getting peole engaged with the area, its culture and history.
Falkirk born and bred, Brian had a long-held ambition to find a vehicle to showcase the district’s music – and admits this proved the perfect solution.
He said: “As a Falkirk Bairn who has spent most of his working life away from the town, it has been an absolute pleasure to come back and find the place bursting with talent.
“I am delighted to have been able to realise my dream and spend a year bringing together so many different musical strands towards the concert and the lasting legacy of a double CD.
“It’s been a pleasure to be involved and the people of Falkirk can be justly proud of what is happening here.”
Last night’s premier of The Falkirk Music Pot also saw ‘The Kelpies Suite’ performed – six linked pieces of music written by Brian for orchestra, choir, traditional music groups and soloists.
There were also performances from local songwriters and musicians, including Sylvia Barnes, Willy Thomson and Andy McKean, as well as Sing Forth Community Choir, Falkirk’s Fiddle Workshop, Traditional Music Project and School Ensembles.
A double CD of the music was released last night by Greentrax Records and was recorded with input from staff and students at Forth Valley College.
The project takes its name from the Falkirk Pot, a three-legged cooking pot produced by local foundries in the 1800s and exported to Africa and around the world.
Another performance takes place on Monday’s at 7 p.m. in Falkirk Town Hall are available, priced £5 or £3, from The Steeple Box Office, call (01324) 506850.