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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 St Salvator's Chapel

St Andrews Concert Series presents


Beauty and Tears

“The best saxophone quartet in the world” (AVRO) perform a typically daring and virtuosic programme encompassing the calm of Sweelinck’s renaissance counterpoint, music by Mozart and Philip Glass and Wagner’s Ring Cycle...condensed into 20 minutes. Don’t miss these Dutch Masters’ only Scottish date.

“If you dare to capture the essence of Wagner’s Ring in 20 minutes you are either completely crazy, or just genius”
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Admission: £14, £13 (concessions), £10 (Music Centre members and members of EMS-a liated societies), £4 (students/children) 


Friday 10 November 11am Rehearsal Room, Younger Hall

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 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

Law and Order

The Music Society invites you to venture into the world of Law & Order with UoSA Concert Wind Band and the Big Band of the University of St Andrews (Big BUStA).

Joined by the University’s very own Honorary Professor of Jazz Piano, Richard Michael, Big BUStA will showcase works ranging from The Jazz Police to cowboy bebop! The Concert Wind Band present a programme with music inspired by gures from both sides of the law. Featuring lawful highlights from Thunderbirds, Doctor Who, and Miami Vice, to hits from The Blues Brothers and other heroes who don’t always follow the rules. With cowboys, dragons, and spaceships, there’s something for everyone.

Admission: £6,
£3 (students), £1 (MusSoc Members)

Tickets available on the door, from ensemble members or online at under ‘Events’. 


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.


Return to Avalon – Heath

Out of the Cool – Heath

Elegy for Daniel Pearl – Heath

John Coltrane’s Naima – Heath

Golden Sunset – Heath


Saturday 11 November 1.10pm Younger Hall

St Andrews Brass and Percussion Ensemble

Bede Williams, Iain Sandilands, Christine Smith – 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.

Rodney Miller – Jubilance (trumpet ensemble)

Bach arr. Ford – If Thou be near (trumpet ensemble)

Mike D’Ambrosio – Ice Town (trumpet ensemble)

Aram Khachaturian – Sabre Dance (percussion ensemble)

Weber arr Alan Civil – 'Hunting Chorus' from Der Freischutz

F Loewe arr. Walters – 'I Could Have Danced All Night'

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 50 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. Also included are three new arrangements by Sandy Coffin from the repertoire of the Harlem Hellfighters.


Ralph Vaughan Williams – Henry V Overture 

Charles Anderson – O.R.B.

Hoagy Carmichael arr. Bill Geldard – Stardust

Peter Graham – The Essence of Time

Jay Capperauld – As Above, So Below


W.C Handy arr. Grant/Coffin – The St Louis Blues

George L. Cobb  arr. Sandy Coffin – Russian Rag

Carl D. Bethel arr Sandy Coffin – That Moaning Trombone

Louis Moreau Gottschalk arr. Martin Cotton – Souvenir De Porto Rico

Louis Moreau Gottschalk arr. Martin Cotton – Tournament Gallop.

Cedric Thorpe Davie arr. Bruce Fraser – Wee Cooper of Fife





Amstel Saxophone Quartet

The Wallace Collection

Jay Capperauld

Dave Heath

Alexander Horowitz

Ellie Steemson

Iain Sandilands

Aisling Agnew

Bede Williams

Paul Drury

Kingdom Brass

Tullis Russell Mills Band

Richard Michael