Kirkcaldy Orchestral Society (KOS), Fife’s Community Orchestra, held a successful Open Evening in the Old Kirk, Kirkcaldy on 07 June.
This event allowed members to play and socialise while affording an opportunity for visitors to play with or express an interest in the orchestra. A wide selection of music was available for the evening including The Barber of Seville Overture, The Great Gate of Kiev from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition- the latter to offer some musical support for Ukraine- and music by Vaughan Williams to recognise the recent celebrations of the 150th anniversary of his birth.
On this occasion and in addition to a good turnout of members, several new players took part, among them a recent arrival from Ukraine. Katya and her mother Natalia- originally from Kharkiv in Ukraine- recently made the arduous journey from their war-torn home and area, eventually relocating to Scotland. Six Ukrainian families recently arrived at Edinburgh are being hosted by generous-hearted and welcoming Scots in Burntisland. One of those families, the Millers, consists of Geoff- a clarinettist in KOS- and his wife Eileen, currently locum minister of Burntisland Parish Church. Geoff brought Katya and her mother to the Open Evening. Katya has been a flute player for several years but left her home without an instrument. Another visitor to KOS that evening was able to provide a flute for Katya and she joined in with the music-making. The orchestra gave Katya and Natalia a warm welcome. Katya has recently commenced studies at Balwearie High School.