On Friday 27th July we were delighted to welcome 8 singers and a pianist from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to the beautiful Kippen Kirk for an evening of light classical music. It was indeed a ‘Summer Serenade’ with music from opera, classical song, Scots song and music theatre wafting through the Church and raising the rafters! Wine was served at the interval, and it was delightful for our audience of around 170 to mill around outside on a balmy Summer evening.
I am thrilled to announce that we raised a total of £2600 on the evening, which included a generous personal donation from a London friend of £500. (The powers of FB!) This will be fund- matched up to £2500 from The Friends of Kippen Kirk Trust, to whom we are gratefully indebted, making a grand total of £5100. This will enable us to buy most of our own staging for future concerts in the Church. To say that I am thrilled is an understatement!
A huge thank you to all the very generous people of Kippen who helped with this event in so many ways……. setting up the church, catering, ticket selling, publicity, finances, photography and, not least, the most wonderful warm hospitality which the students loved. A very special thanks also goes to Kevan Leith at SAS Computing, who has very generously constructed our new website www.classicsatkippen.co.uk.
Our next C@K Concert will be on March 23rd and will take the form of a duet recital by two former RCS students, Hannah Sandison and Annabella Ellis, both of whom are forging successful singing careers which began at Glyndebourne. This will be a high-class concert, not to be missed. The proceeds of this will enable us to buy the last bits and pieces of staging and some simple lighting for any future events in the Church.
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