Caledonia Orchestra in Amherst on Saturday

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In support of early intervention program for children

The Caledonia Orchestra of Nova Scotia is bringing its concert of Scottish music to Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Caledonia Orchestra of Nova Scotia, joined by Irish singer Jimmy Sweeney and Take Note, a four-person barbershop quartet from P.E.I., will appear in concert at Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church in Amherst on Saturday at 7 p.m. Hosted by the Cumberland Masonic Association, the concert will support the Cumberland Early Intervention Program for children.

AMHERST – The Caledonia Orchestra of Nova Scotia is bringing its concert of Scottish music to Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Sponsored by the Cumberland District Masonic Association, the concert is in support of the Cumberland Early Intervention Program for children.

In addition to music by the orchestra, the concert will also feature Jimmy Sweeney, an Irish singer and entertainer, and Take Note, a four-part barbershop quartet.

Organized in 1993, the Caledonia Orchestra is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of traditional Scottish music. They have performed at numerous concert venues throughout the Maritimes as well as in Stratford, Ont.

With a repertoire from Scottish composers Neil Gow, William Marshall and James Scott Skinner, the orchestra will perform a selection of lively marches, strathspeys, jigs, reels, slow airs and waltzes.

Initially the orchestra, which consists of 32 members, featured mostly violinists, but over time other instruments were added.

The orchestra members, who volunteer their time and talent, has performed benefit concerts in the past to raise money for various charities.

Sweeney is a popular Irish singer of Celtic ballads, old and new. He also incorporates the songs of other Celtic nations as well as ballads of eastern Canada.

Reared in County Tyrone in Northern Ireland, Sweeney comes from a long time of musicians on both sides of his family. He is the grandson of renowned ballad singer Sarah Makem. He was a founding member of the Irish group Barley Bree that toured Canada and the United States for 20 years.

Sweeney now lives in Halifax and perform mostly as a solo artist.

The singing group Take Note from Prince Edward Island was formed in 1999 and sang together for five years and then reunited in 2012.

The group’s repertoire includes songs from the 1950s, contemporary tunes, sacred, Irish and Scottish.

The group has performed in concerts throughout the Maritimes as well as at weddings, church services, benefits and conferences. It has also performed regionally as well as in the United States.

Members of the quartet include: Anne Crosby, Raye Trainor, Joanne Ings and Sherry McGuigan.

Tickets at $15 and are available at Guardian Pharmacy in Springhill, and Knol’s Doors and Windows in Oxford, as well as at JG Jewellers and Sears in Amherst, the Pugwash Scotiabank, from Jim McNab (243-2272) and all members of the Masonic Order.

Tickets will also be available at the door.

 

Organizations: Caledonia Orchestra, United Church, Cumberland District Masonic Association Sears

Geographic location: Amherst, Canada, Stratford United States Northern Ireland Halifax Prince Edward Island Springhill Oxford

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