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Graham gives Broadwood
a workout

Sophie solo on clarinet

Father and daughter duet

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Guild Coffee Evening and Jazz Concert  - 30 October 

Report and photos - Jim Paterson

St. Mungo's Guild coffee evening took a musical twist on Monday 31st October. The 'Haloween' evening featured Graham and Sophie McDonald playing a wide selection of music for the entertainment of the good number of people who turned out to hear the event.

The evening started with coffee and cake in the church hall so everyone could spend a little time chatting and catching up on the latest gossip and news. Soon it was time to walk over to the church where Graham had setup the Grand Piano for our concert.

Graham's theme for the evening was how music styles are constructed, using 'Rowan Tree' and he demonstrated the different parts of a tune to look out for, such as stress and release. He used The Skye Boat song to demonstrate, moving on to Jazz and 'Stride' piano used in Ragtime, culminating in his own arrangement of the Fats Waller 'Ain't Misbehavin' from 1929. He showed us how styles varied across a wide range of composers, including 'A Nightingale sang in Berkeley Square',  classical Chopin, Liszt,  ragtime, jazz, and modern. Graham introduced daughter Sophie who played several pieces on her clarinet, including a duet with dad Graham on Piano.

Our audience  continued to be amazed by Graham and Sophie's talent, Sophie also plays violin and ukulele. Graham played a personal favourite by Spanish composer Enrique Granados 'Maiden and the Nightingale' before giving his 100 year old Broadwood Concert Grand in our church a real workout with a piece by Liszt.

Graham not only plays, but also teaches music, on a wide range of instruments at Beeslack Secondary School. He leads their Jazz Band and performs many concerts across Midlothian and beyond. He also composes his own music, and we sat back to hear a small selection from his own repertoire.

The final applause for both Graham and Sophie was well deserved. A different style of evening put on by St. Mungo's Guild, but one that we will remember for a long time.

As with the Rotary concert earlier in the month, we are blessed in Penicuik to have so much amazing musical talent in our community.

Penicuik: St. Mungo's Parish Church (Church of Scotland). Scottish Charity No SC005838