For those of you that have walked the Balerno Advent Labyrinth before, you may be interested in joining us for the Balerno Springtime Pilgrimage on Sunday 23rd April at 7.00 pm.
Running for the third time, the Pilgrimage is a short walk – both in terms of time (less than an hour) and in distance (through the church grounds and campus) – with a number of stops on the way for a wee moment of thought (a bit like the stops on the Labyrinth). When we have run this before, we’ve found that people of all ages enjoy the chat and company while we wander around and see the church, its gardens and its buildings from an entirely (and hopefully surprising) new perspective.
Everyone is warmly welcomed no matter your age, your stage in life or whether you are a church goer or not. Please come along ready for spending some of the time outside – which at that time of year may mean shorts and t shirt or thermals.
If you were there then you experienced a musical treat; an exquisite concert comprised of a perfectly balanced programme, delivered by an ensemble of eighteen choristers with a wealth of talent, beautiful young voices and expert in polyphony.
The St Andrews University Madrigal Group played the second concert of their 70th Anniversary tour to an appreciative audience on a sunny, atmospheric Sunday evening right at the end of May. Coming just after the hectic Gala Week this was reflective music drawn from across the centuries from Orlando Gibbons through to Elgar and Vaughan Williams; from Italy to Loch Lomond. A flying visit with a concert of just one hour but packed with such a selection that it was impossible to see how Jonathan McNaul, their highly talented Director of Music, could have done it in the time; we could willingly have spent all evening listening.
We enjoyed listening to them and they certainly also enjoyed singing in Balerno Parish Church, the best concert hall in south west Edinburgh.
We wished them well as they sped off south to play Bamburgh, then Lincoln, then Cambridge and points south on their ten day whistle-stop summer tour. We might be able to tempt them back. Make a note now; they are a must see.
Come and enjoy hearing the highly acclaimed St Andrews University Madrigal Group in the excellent setting of Balerno Parish Church. 7.30pm Sunday 29th May. Click here to see the poster.
Thursday 2 June: 1.30 p.m.
Baberton Golf Course
If you enjoy a game of golf, you are warmly invited to join the Balerno Church team for the match against our neighbours in Juniper Green. The four-ball games will be followed by a meal in the clubhouse.
Anyone interested in taking part, please contact William Wallace at email@example.com or tel. 0131 449 2951. Please indicate your handicap [if you have one] and whether you are a Baberton member.