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2017 Fringe of Gold Festival

Fringe of Gold is a new festival which celebrates the glorious sound of wind, brass and percussion. Building on the successful format of the St Andrews Brass Festival and directed by Bede Williams and John Wallace, Fringe of Gold mixes international performers with University students and staff, as well as musicians from across Fife. The inaugural installation sees a return of our regular guests the Wallace Collection who are joined by the Amstel Saxophone Quartet as ensembles in residence. Over the three day festival no less than ten other ensembles are joined by composers Dave Heath and Jay Capperauld, multimedia artist  Alexander Horowitz, jazz pianist Richard Michael, and Music Centre Associate Teachers Iain Sandilands (percussion), Aisling Agnew (flute) and Ellie Steemson (saxophone).


Thursday 9 November 7.30pm Younger Hall

Amstel Saxophone Quartet


Friday 10 November 1.10pm Younger Hall

Amstel Saxophone Quartet, St Andrews Scholarship Quartet and Saxophone Ensemble

Ellie Steemson – Director


The St Andrews Saxophone Ensemble and Scholarship Saxophone Quartet join with the Amstel Saxophone Quartet for an eclectic programme of classical and popular music, including Scarlatti, Saint-Saëns and Piazzolla.



Friday 10 November 5.30pm Byre Theatre

Wallace Collection and St Andrews Scholarship Brass Ensemble

Alexander Horowitz – VJ artist


The world-famous Wallace Collection led by John Wallace join with St Andrews students for a programme of contemporary works for brass accompanied by live video projection by Alexander Horowitz. The programme culminates in a performance of John Tavener’s Trisagion. Composed in 1981 and declared ‘unplayable’ by dedicatee Philip Jones, the work was premiered by Wallace in 1985 though seldom performed since.


Luciano Berio – Call 

Steve Martland – Full Fathom Five 

Philip Glass – Sextet

John Tavener – Trisagion


Friday 10 November 7.30pm Younger Hall

Wind Band and Big Band with Richard Michael


Friday 10 November 11am St Salvator’s Chapel

Flute masterclass with Dave Heath


Music Centre Associate Teacher Aisling Agnew is joined by composer and flautist Dave Heath to lead students in solo and ensemble pieces for flute.


Friday 10 November 10pm St Salvator’s Chapel

Dave Heath – flute, Aisling Agnew – flute, Sean Heath – organ, St Andrews Flute Ensemble


With interests in rock, rap, jazz, world music and contemporary classical music, Dave Heath’s music has enormous global reach. As a flautist himself his compositions for flute have come to be considered core repertoire. Music Centre Associate Teacher Aisling Agnew joins students to showcase Heath’s solo and ensemble pieces for flute, accompanied by Sean Heath.


Saturday 11 November 1.10pm Younger Hall

St Andrews Brass and Percussion Ensemble

Bede Williams and Iain Sandilands – Directors


The community brass ensemble of St Andrews are joined by the newly formed St Andrews Percussion ensemble for a programme which features Rautavaara’s landmark work for brass and percussion A Requiem in Our Time.


Georg Frideric Handel – Music for the Royal Fireworks

George Gerswhin – Three Preludes (arr. Eberhardt)

Music for Percussion Ensemble

Einojuhani Rautavaara – A Requiem in Our Time



Saturday 11 November 2.30pm MUSA

St Andrews Scholarship Wind Quintet


The quintet will perform a mixed programme of original works and light arrangements.


Saturday 11 November 7.30pm Younger Hall

Tullis Russell Mills Band and Kingdom Band with Wallace Collection


Two of Fife’s finest brass bands join with the Wallace Collection for an unmissable concert of more than 60 brass players. The programme includes As Above, So Below, a new work by the extraordinary Jay Capperauld for brass quintet and brass band and the first performance of the late Bruce Fraser’s arrangement of Wee Cooper of Fife.



Ralph Vaughan Williams – Henry V Overture 

Philip Sparke – Fugue from Graduation Day 

Louis Moreau Gottschalk – New Orleans 




Gilbert Vinter – Variations on a Ninth

Jay Capperauld – As Above, So Below

arr. Bruce Fraser – Wee Cooper of Fife