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2018 Fringe of Gold Festival

22 November – 25 November, 2018

Now firmly established as a local festival with an international reach, Fringe of Gold welcomes some of the finest performers from around the world to join with musicians from St Andrews and across Scotland. This year we showcase all sides of the flute: baroque flautist Ashley Solomon opens the festival, and classical/Irish flautist Eimear McGeown joins the Music Centre’s own associate teacher Aisling Agnew for an intimate concert in the Bell Pettigrew Museum. Making their European debut are the New York based Chosen Vale Trio, performing a programme of music by honorary professor John Wallace. John Wallace’s new piece Messiah Signals will be premiered ahead of the St Andrews Chorus’ 40th anniversary concert of Handel’s Messiah, performed in St Andrews for the very first time with baroque trumpets, timpani and Handel’s own parts for French horn. Wind soloists from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra also join the festival for the first time in a mixed wind ensemble programme performed with members of the St Andrews Chamber Orchestra. The annual festival feature from the Music Society Big Band and Wind Band will be sure to entertain, as will the return of jazz pianist Richard Michael who joins jazz saxophonist Gordon McNeil with the Music Centre brass and saxophone ensembles.  Closing the festival is a special concert from the Tullis Russell Mills Band, who ahead of their centenary year will be launching their new CD Unfinished Symphony. 


Thursday 22 November 1000-1300

Younger Hall

Flute masterclass with Ashley Solomon

Ashley Solomon works with flautists on baroque repertoire and the Music Centre’s new baroque flute, acquired from a generous donation from the Bickwell family. 


Thursday 22 November 7.30pm

St Salvator's Chapel

In association with St Andrews Music Club

Fringe of Gold opening concert

Ashley Solomon – baroque flute

Terry Charleston – harpsichord 

Internationally renowned baroque flautist Ashley Solomon (Head of Historical Performance at the Royal College of Music) joins harpsichordist Terry Charleston.



Admission:£14, £13 (concessions), £10 (Music Centre members and members of other EMS-affiliated societies), £4 (students/children), FREE (MusicCard holders) 

Admission: FREE


Friday 23 November 1.10pm

Younger Hall

In association with MusSoc

St Andrews Brass and Saxophone Ensemble

Bede Williams and Ellie Steemson – directors

Gordon McNeil – saxophone

Otto Sauter – trumpet

Two of the Music Centre’s largest instrumental ensembles join for a special concert with jazz musicians Gordon McNeil and Richard Michael.

Programme to include:

Jan Koetsier – Brass Symphony

Admission: FREE with a retiring collection for charity 


Friday 23 November 5.30pm

St Salvator’s Chapel

Chosen Vale Trio play a Wallace Collection 

Sandy Coffin, Annie Lemieux, Bede Williams – trumpets

Julia Daramy-Williams – soprano

Michiyo Morikawa – piano

The New York based Chosen Vale Trio make their European debut in a programme of music by the University’s Honorary Professor of Brass, John Wallace. Joining them is Head of Instrumental Studes, Bede Williams and the Scottish soprano Julia Daramy-Williams. 


Meditation on Macmillan

Flannan Isle (with Julia Daramy-Williams)

A Trio Sonata: Perpetuum Mobile; Piobaireachd; Odell Island 

Admission: £3

FREE to Music Centre members


Friday 23 November 7.30pm

In association with MusSoc

University of St Andrews Music Society Wind Band and Big Band


Saturday 24 November 1.10pm

Younger Hall

Wind soloists of the St Andrews Chamber Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Bede Williams – director

Wind soloists from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, the University’s Orchestra in Residence, join with players from the St Andrews Chamber Orchestra for a programme of classical, romantic and contemporary music for wind ensemble.


Edward McGuire – Kaleidoscope Fanfare 

Gaetano Donizetti – Symphony for Winds in G Minor 

Charles Gounod – Petite Symphonie 

Admission: £3

FREE to Music Centre members


Saturday 24 November 2.30pm

Bell Pettigrew Museum 

St Andrews Flute Ensemble

Aisling Agnew – director 

Eimear McGeown – flutes

Associate teacher Aisling Agnew’s takes a programme of classical and traditional music for flutes to the Bell Pettigrew Museum with special guest Eimear McGeown. Eimear is one of the world's most versatile exponents of both the classical and Irish flute. 



Admission: FREE


Saturday 24 November 6.30pm

Younger Hall

St Andrews Chorus 40thAnniversary Celebration Concert 

Heisenberg Ensemble

Michael Downes – director

Join us for a celebratory performance of Handel’s Messiah,including the first performance of John Wallace’s Messiah Signals,a birthday present for the Chorus.

Admission£12, £4 (students) children free

Tickets available in advance from the Byre Box Office, 01334 475000. 


John Wallace – Messiah Signals

George Frideric Handel – Messiah


Sunday 25 November 3pm

Younger Hall

Festival Finale: Unfinished Symphony

Tullis Russell Mills Band

Join us for the Festival Finale given by the Tullis Russell Mills Band, who in 2019 will celebrate their centenary year. The concert will launch the band’s new CD Unfinished Symphony and also give a preview of the band’s youth development work. 

Admission: FREE with CDs on sale at a special price of £10



Ashley Solomon

Terry Charleston 

Gordon McNeil

Richard Michael

Ellie Steemson

Chosen Vale Trio play a Wallace Collection

Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Aisling Agnew

Eimear McGeown

St Andrews Chorus and the Heisenberg Ensemble

Tullis Russell Mills Band

Bede Williams