Orchestra will bring 2014 Tryst Festival to a close

Tryst Orchestra soloist Laura Sergeant
Tryst Orchestra soloist Laura Sergeant

Falkirk Tryst Festival is now in its final week – but there is still plenty of entertainment on offer as the district celebrates the arts locally.

Falkirk Tryst Orchestra is promising to provide a rousing finale to the fortnight-long event, when it presents the closing concert 
on Sunday.

The orchestra, conducted by Bob Tait, will accompany Larbert born and educated cellist Laura Sergeant in a performance of the 1st Cello Concerto by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Laura studied in Glasgow and Germany and is now a freelance cellist, playing and teaching in Scotland.

The programme includes a number of barn-storming works never before heard in Falkirk – ‘Overture to Dr Miracle’ by Bizet; ‘Medley of National Airs’ by Fritz Spiegl – adopted by BBC Radio 4 as signature tunes – and a medley of tunes by Burt Bacharach.

The orchestra will also perform well known “classical pops” Rossini overtures, ‘Thieving Magpie’ and ‘Barber of Seville’ and an operatic cocktail containing the famous melody from Lakmé by Bizet (made famous as an advert by BritishAirways).

Other guaranteed crowd-pleasers include themes from ‘Bartered Bride’ and Puccini’s ‘One Fine Day’ from ‘La Bohème’.

Conductor Bob Tait said: “It is perhaps fitting that the finale to the festival finale carries on the operatic theme set in the second part of the opening concert by Falkirk Festival Chorus.”

The concert begins at 7 p. m. and tickets (£9, £7 and students £3) are available at the Steeple Box Office or at the door on the evening.

There are a few events still underway this week, including Sunny Stars Drama who present ‘An Evening of Fairytales’ tonight (Thursday) 
and tomorrow.

On Saturday, Tricks at the Tryst promises to be a magical night with Forth Valley Magic Circle.

For full details visit www.trystfestival.co.uk