Marine Band Concerts


Club clears decks for Christmas!

IT’S Christmas ahoy! For the decks are being cleared for Dunfermline’s annual festive fanfare by the Rosyth-based Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Scotland.

With the support of the Rotary Club of Dunfermline, the Marines Band will again be presenting two Christmas concerts in Dunfermline Abbey on 12th and 13th December in aid of local and service charities.

The evening events, which have become popular fixtures in the local festive calendar, will also feature the return of Dunfermline’s own rising tenor Liam Forrest, a one-time chorister in the Abbey, where he gave his first official performance in 2013.

Liam gained achievement and distinction awards at Dunfermline High and Fife College before embarking In September on his studies for a BA degree in music at Aberdeen University, where he was also awarded a choral scholarship.

The concerts will also feature pupil choristers from St John’s and Lynburn Primary Schools, and Band Sergeants Annabelinda Hardy and Tom Griffin are pictured schooling several of the young carollers in items from this year’s concert programme.

Learning the score are Brayden Lister and Lillie McFarlane (back, centre), from St John’s, and Caiden Cook and Grace Anderson, from Lynburn.

Rotarian David Steele, the event convener, said, “Each year the Abbey evenings give the public the opportunity to support worthy causes while enjoying a concert that has it all…the Christmas spirit, good music, great singing and audience participation.”

Tickets, priced £12.50, are now available from the Carnegie Hall booking office (01383 602302); Sew Yarn Crafty! 61 High Street, Dunfermline (01383 723995), and the Gift Shop, Queensferry Road, Rosyth (01383 418230).