Falkirk’s Tryst Festival promises its most magic year yet

A magic time is promised at this year's Tryst Festival, organised by Falkirk and District Arts and Civic Council
A magic time is promised at this year's Tryst Festival, organised by Falkirk and District Arts and Civic Council

Music and magic, drama and dancing, art and floral artistry – it’s all here in the eclectic annual festival that celebrates the best local talent from across the district.

The Tryst Festival, organised by Falkirk and District Arts and Civic Council, has been a fixture on the calendar for more than 50 years now – and it’s still showcasing all that is best about the arts locally.

The musical programme alone has huge variety, with classical music of note including Falkirk Festival Chorus, marking their 40th anniversary with a performance of Haydn’s ‘Nelson’s Mass’, followed by a selection of well-loved opera choruses.

It’s a busy time for conductor Bob Tait as not only will he lead the Festival Chorus accompanied by the Scottish Concert Orchestra on Sunday, May 11, just a few days later he will wield the baton for Falkirk Tryst Orchestra’s spring concert.

This year, the local symphony orchestra welcome Larbert-born Laura Sergeant as the soloist, the main work being First Cello Concerto by Saint-Saens. They will be at FTH on Sunday, May 25.

At the other end of the musical spectrum, there are several offerings coordinated by Falkirk Folk Club.

Folk at the Tryst includes sessions celebrating the opening of the John Muir Trail as well as a guest artist in Flossie Malvialle.

On Saturday, May 17, they welcome the highly respected folk champion Archie Fisher who will perform alongside the up and coming Barluath as well as local talent performing as Carroncast.

Drama includes the youngsters of Project Theatre and Sunny Stars as well as Bowhouse Drama Group and Larbert Amateur Operatic Society, who kick things off with a performance of ‘The Witches of Eastwick’` , at the Dobbie Hall, from Tuesday, May 6- May 10.

And that’s not all. The organisers have plenty more up their sleeves – including Tricks at the Tryst, an evening of magic presented by Forth Valley Magic Circle.

Others taking part include Falkirk and District Art Club who will be hosting their 49th annual exhibition in FTH studio from Tueday, May 20 to Sunday, May 25.

Meanwhile, Falkirk Floral Art Club welcome a guest speaker, Avril Hill, who is as well known for her entertaining, humorous style as she is for her award winning floral designs. She’ll be at FTH on Monday, May 12 at 7.30 p.m.

These are just a few highlights from the packed programme and we’ll be looking at the event in more detail over the next few weeks.

But for a great chance to join in the fun and get a taste of some of the brilliant entertainment on offer over the Festival, you can join the parade.

Marching from Falkirk Town Hall, along the High Street to the band stand and back again, the parade will feature the stars of the groups who help make the festival a success every year.

The Parade will leave from the town hall at 2 p.m. on May 10.

For a full list of events and booking details visit www.trystfestival.org.uk or call the Steeple Box Office on (01324) 506850.