Professional Music Promoters News
9th April 2014. At a time when the NHS has been much challenged, we open our season with a play set against the backdrop of the tainted blood products scandal affecting thousands of haemophiliacs worldwide.
30th October 2013 Time: 20:00:00 Location: Lyth Arts Centre Length: 2 hours Interval: yes Age suitability : 8+ We close our season on a bright note which points to the music of the future - a minimalist trio described by Jazz UK magazine as "a masterclass in the art of the trio, with music that is both eloquent and articulate". Partikel are three London-based musicians, all with very different musical backgrounds, who have come together to make music by mixing all of their favourite influences in a melodic, coherent and accurate way.
8th October 2013 Time: 19:30:00 Location: Wick High School Length: 2 hrs 20 mins approximately Interval: yes Age suitability : 8+ Director Chris Rolls and designer Oliver Townsend use their extensive theatrical expertise to capture the drama, and the elegance, of one of Handel's most successful operas. Against a backdrop of faded Baroque grandeur, a cast of very contemporary characters tells a compelling tale of tyranny, love and the corrupting nature of power.
20th October 2013 Moishe's Bagel in concert Time: 20:00:00 Location: Lyth Arts Centre Length: 2 hours Interval: yes Age suitability : 8+ At last a chance to hear again this marvellous band who so many of you have been asking for. This bunch of top Scottish musicians have got the lot - bags of talent, a great sense of theatre and an ear for a very wide range of music of very different styles from many countries to produce an evening of first-rate entertainment.
Friday 4th October Time: 20:00 Location: Lyth Arts Centre Length: 1 hour plus an optional discussion Interval: yes Age suitability : 14+ Stellar Quines Rehearsal Rooms are spaces where new scripts and new writers are presented to a live audience for the first time. For this Rehearsal Room, Stellar Quines has partnered with Lung Ha's Theatre Company to present 13 Sunken Years by Finnish writer Paula Salminen, translated by Eva Buchwald.
The Thurso Live Music Association have organised there annual series of concerts for the new season 2013/14. You can make a good saving on tickets by buying season ticket for all the concerts.
3rd August 2013 Solo Guitar – John Goldie Time: 20:00:00 Location: Lyth Arts Centre, Summer Evening Foyer Recital Length: 2 hours Interval: yes Age suitability : 8+ Solo Guitar – John GoldieSolo Guitar – John Goldie In John Goldie's hands, an acoustic guitar becomes something more than a musical instrument. It becomes an extension of the man himself.
Lyth Arts Centre Open 12 - 5 pm daily 1st July - 31st August 2013 Adults: £3 OAPs: £2 Children, Students, Unwaged: £1 Alistair Cook This project "McArthur's Store" was created by photographer, architect and artist Alistair Cook, who spent the summer of 2012 in a building on the quay at Dunbar used by fishermen while mending their creels. He used wet plate collodion photography, a process concocted by Englishman Fred Scott Archer in 1851 to produce portraits of Dunbar men and their families.
15th August 2013 Classical Piano – Joseph Fleetwood Time: 20:00:00 Location: Lyth Arts Centre, Summer Evening Foyer Recital Length: 2 hours Interval: yes Age suitability : 8+ Classical Piano – Joseph FleetwoodClassical Piano – Joseph Fleetwood Schubert, Sonata in A min., D.537 (op.164) Mendelssohn, Fantasie in F sharp min.,(op.28) Rachmaninoff, - six Preludes Prokofiev, Sonata No.7 Chopin, Scherzo No.2 "set to be one of Scotland's most exciting young pianists" (Philip Jenkins, Head of Keyboard, RSAMD, 2002) Joseph Fleetwood comes from an extraordinary musical lineage, having studied extensively with a pupil of Karl Ulrich-Schnabel. Karl's teacher was Artur Schnabel, a pupil of Leschetiszky, who studied under Czerny.
21st July 2013 Folk – Wingin’ It Time: 20:00:00 Location: Lyth Arts Centre, Summer Evening Foyer Concert Length: 2 hours Interval: yes Age suitability : 8+ Folk – Wingin’ ItFolk – Wingin’ It Wingin' It are an award winning guitar duo from Scotland. Adam Bulley and Chas Mackenzie formed the duo in 2005, having met playing in other projects in and around Argyll.
This is the second show which some of the Highland promoters admired in last year's Fringe and invited to tour our venues. It's a delightful and imaginative entertainment performed by three wacky young ladies who hitched from Land's End to John O' Groats and then turned their experience into a play.
This concert will be performed by around 20 musicians who will be spending the weekend at Lyth during one of our Music Exchanges. It is very exciting to have Christina Laurie and Harriet Mackenzie (The Sutherland Duo) back with us and we are delighted to welcome members of The Caithness Orchestra.
Lyth Arts Centre 2n June 2013 Time: 15:00:00 Location: Lyth Arts Centre Length: 60 mins Age suitability : 14+ Talented young Thurso stage director Iain Macdonald brings us an interesting two-hander which explores a familiar dilemma - the father who wants to maintain an established rural life-style and the son who wants to leave and embrace the urban future. However this is a new play by Sólveig Jónsdóttir, set in her native Iceland.
Nothing is more exciting for musicians than finding someone else who you enjoy playing with and that is what's happened to those two. They are well matched and Fiona's beautiful voice and cello is perfectly underscored by Mike's guitar and fiddle.
Lyth Arts Centre Time: 17:30:00 Location: Lyth Arts Centre Length: 1 hour Interval: no Age suitability : 11+ The History of the Jazz Violin - illustrated talk by Chris Garrick The first name that comes to mind when we think about the jazz violin is Stephane Grappelli but he is just one of a line of innovators who form part of an evolving tradition that starts in Europe, moves to America and then ricochets back and forth across the Atlantic bringing the potential of this great orchestral and chamber instrument into the cadre of the jazz band. Chris has a unique collection of recordings and introduces and plays excerpts which trace the path of this development ending with a memorable moment when the great Yehudi Menuhin, master of the classical violin and Grappelli, master of the jazz violin met and played together.
Lyth Arts Centre Mike Maran in 'Platero, Travels With a Donkey' Time: 20:00:00 Location: Lyth Arts Centre Length: 70 mins Interval: none ge suitability : 11+ Mike Maran always charms us with his ingenious stage adaptations on diverse themes - last here in 2011 with "Italia ‘n' Caledonia" and now back with an evening of Spanish stories by Nobel Prize winner Juan Ramon Jimenez. He always finds talented collaborators to work with, on this occasion brilliant puppeteer and stage designer Nino Namitcheishvili and director Levan Tsuladze, both from Tbilisi, Georgia and flamenco guitarist Craig Ogden playing music composed by Italian composer Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco, commissioned by Segovia..
31st May 2013 Time: 20:00:00 Location: Lyth Arts Centre Length: 2 hours Interval: yes Age suitability : 11+ Budapest Café Orchestra Whiz-kid violinist Chris Garrick went down such a storm last time round in 2011with his Budapest buddies that we just had to invite them back. This is gypsy music rather than jazz - but of course he can play anything as he proved during his previous memorable visits in 2004/05/06.
16/05/2013 Time: 20:00:00 Location: Lyth Arts Centre Length: 2 hours Interval: yes Age suitability : 11+ Blueflint in concert Perhaps bluegrass would be the closest musical label to describe this band with its two banjos and close harmony female vocals but there's so much more to their appeal. Hence their current 22 point UK tour, their album success and their much-envied big break being invited to open for The Proclaimers on a recent UK album launch tour.
Lyth Arts Centre Drama - Westgarth Productions in "An Evening with Dementia" Sun 14th Apr. 8pm Along with other Highland promoters, we saw this play at last year's Fringe and invited the company to undertake a Highland tour.
Lyth Arts Centre Folk Music - Mairearad Green & Anna Massie in concert Mon 22nd Apr. 8pm We are delighted to welcome back these two brilliant multi-instrumentalists and award winners; Mairearad (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna (guitar, banjo, and fiddle) are an instantly captivating duo, providing a warm and friendly stage presence and a highly energetic performance.