The 35th Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival got off to a rousing start last Wednesday when its 2014 brochure was launched with a very special concert.
Taking place in the enchanting setting of the Loch Arthur Café in Beeswing, the concert showcased the remarkable talents of the region’s young musicians.
Cory Skilling of Maxwelltown High School welcomed guests to their seats with a skirl of the pipes. The evening then continued with a mini harp concert with Glencairn Harpists’ Wendy Stewart and students Marianne Willets, Hazel Fairley Keast and Flo Trower.
There followed an individual section when guests were treated to the euphonium of Jordan Tweedie, Peter Walls on guitar and the angelic voice of Lauren Dalgleish, all pupils of Wallace Hall Academy. Castle Douglas High School pupil John Gilderdale-Smith completed the line-up of musicians.
from left: Peter Wall; Wendy Bailey, DGAF board member; Lauren Dalgleish; Annette Rogers, DGAF board member; and John Gilderdale-Smith.
Photo: Alan Devlin
The impressive quality of the evening’s entertainment provided a fitting overture to the 2014 arts festival which will showcase an eclectic range of top class music, drama, dance, arts and literature between May 16 and 25.
Brochures are available throughout the region or can be downloaded from the festival website at www.dgartsfestival.org.uk.
Tickets will go on sale at the Midsteeple, Dumfries, on .