The Burn 2015: a musical farewell to Brechin

As some of you may know, I’m now in my final year at St Andrews – and still wondering where the time went!

This year’s trip to the Burn House in Brechin was (officially) my last with the University’s Gilbert and Sullivan Society – and I can safely say that this was my most wonderful Burn experience to-date.

Our charity concert for Goodwill and Growth Africa was very-well received: a huge audience of all ages was expertly fitted into the sitting room for our broadest programme yet, with numbers from The Pirates of Penzance all the way through to The Gondoliers.

I had the pleasure of singing one of my favourite arias as Elsie in The Yeomen of the Guard: “‘Tis done, I am a bride”. I also took part as Elsie in the trio “A man who would woo a fair maid”, and as Rose in the trio “In sailing o’er life’s ocean wide” from Ruddigore. Press coverage for the concert can be found here:

A fantastic time was had by all and thanks must go to our two conductors for the weekend, Jenny Stewart and Rebecca Anderson – and to our wonderful accompanist, Mairi Grewar.

I will always look back on my 4 trips to the Burn with the happiest of memories and I give my heartfelt thanks to Paul and his superb team for making our Society stays so enjoyable. Here’s to the future generations of St Andrews G&S-ers who fall in love with the Burn!

Photo credit Caroline Taylor

Photo credit Caroline Taylor

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