Balerno on song for music festival

Forth Valley Chorus entertain

THE Duncan McCrone Band, Antonine Trio and Forth Valley Chorus are just three highlights of the ninth Balerno Music Festival, which got underway at the weekend.

Running until 9 October, the festival boasts an impressive line up of local and visiting musicians, and offers a wide selection of events, films, workshops and concerts, including an innovative Come and Play event, open to all musicians.

Headlining this year’s celebration, a folk concert with the Duncan McCrone Band and Archie Fisher has already sold out, but tickets are still available for all other events.

On Friday, The Tourie Band, with some of the best fiddlers in Scotland, makes a welcome return for the fifth year running, accompanied by soprano Colette Ruddy.

Catch them at Balerno Parish Church, where you can also hear the Antonine Trio, on Saturday.

Formed in the summer of 2009, baritone Steven Faughey, french horn player Sue Baxendale and pianist Derek Clark, explore an eclectic mix of pieces from different musical genres.

Award winning a cappella women’s choir the Forth Valley Chorus, meanwhile, bring Bling and Sing to the church on 7 October.

Started in 1987 with eight members, Forth Valley Chorus now have more than 100 members.

Other highlights include Richard Michael: My Life in Music at Juniper Green Parish Church, a children’s concert at the Bowling Club, and a young musicians concert at the parish church.

Then there’s Festival Busk 2016 on the Main Street, an open folk music session at the Grey Horse, and the Gala Concert, with the Borders Big Band.

And if you’re thinking of travelling from Edinburgh, getting there is simple, all performances are on the 44 bus route.

The Balerno Music Festival, until 9 October, full details of the 2016 programme and ticket details can be found at http://www.balernomusicfestival.org.uk/

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