Falkirk Bairn’s long-held musical dream

Young musicians involved in the Falkirk Music Pot project''Picture: Alan Murray
Young musicians involved in the Falkirk Music Pot project''Picture: Alan Murray

Tuning up for the first live performance of The Falkirk Music Pot are some of the district’s most talented musicians.

Two concerts highlighting the year-long programme of work take place next month and tickets are on sale now.

The final weeks of rehearsal are now underway and last week recording of some of the tracks for a CD linked to the project took place in Falkirk Town Hall.

The Falkirk Music Project is funded by the area’s Creative Place Award 2014 and produced by Falkirk Community Trust and Falkirk Council.

Since last March, acclaimed musician Brian McNeill has been working with musicians and community groups from across the district to create the programme of music.

Born and brought up in Falkirk, Brian writes, performs and teaches traditional music worldwide and formed the Battlefield Band.

On this project he has worked with Sing Forth Community Choir, Falkirk Fiddle Workshop, Falkirk Folk Club, Falkirk Traditional Music Project, Forth Valley College and Falkirk’s school ensembles.

The programme will include the evocative The Kelpies Suite – six linked pieces of music specially written by Brian for the project with parts for orchestra, choir, traditional music groups and soloists. Part of it was first performed last June at the Helix park when the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay passed through Falkirk.

New music has also been commissioned in partnership with David Scott at the University of West of Scotland. Some of this new music and a full performance of The Kelpies Suite will be 
premiered during the concert, showcasing the abundance of musical talent in the area.

There will also be performances by local songwriters and musicians, including Willy Thomson and Andy McKean.

The music will be released as a double CD at the end of March on Greentrax Records.

Brian has worked closely with staff and students at Forth Valley College to record the CD as part of their course work, both in the studio and on location.

Brian said: “It has been a long held dream of mine to give Falkirk’s music, of many different genres, the prominence it deserves.

“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 concerts and the lasting legacy of a double CD.” He added: “It’s been a pleasure to be involved and the people of Falkirk can be justly proud of what is happening here.”

Tickets, costing £5 and £3 for concessions are available now for the performances at Falkirk Town Hall on Wednesday, March 25 
and Monday, March 30. 
Curtain up for both is at 
7 p.m.

Tickets are 
available from the Steeple Box Office, by calling (01324) 506850 or from www.ticketsource.
co.uk/falkirkcommunitytrust.