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Please submit your interest by November 30th to Alison Bishop
Vocal and Performance Masterclass with Linda Ormiston OBE
Biggar Theatre Workshop are proud to announce that Linda Ormiston will be coming to the Corn Exchange on Saturday 21st February 2015 to take a vocal and performance masterclass.
We are looking for 5 or 6 singers to take part. Each singer will have 25-30 minutes with Linda to work on a piece of their choice, ably accompanied by Margaret Patience. To take part as a performer you must be a member of the adult workshop.
The masterclass will start at 7pm and will be open to observers.
If you would like to take part as a performer, please email Alison Bishop on email@example.com and include details of one or two pieces you would like to want to work on with Linda.
LINDA ORMISTON was born in Motherwell, Scotland and is a graduate in Mathematics and Music from Glasgow University. She continued her studies at the RSAMD (now RCS) in Glasgow and at the London Opera Centre. After a season with English Opera for All, she joined Scottish Opera, for whom she sang more than 30 roles as a contract principal.
She is one of Britain's most versatile artists - equally at home in opera, cabaret or after-dinner speaking and she has sung with most of the major British opera companies. Further afield, performances have taken her to Brussels, Monte Carlo, Marseilles, Lyon, Nantes, Angers, Lausanne, Frankfurt, Vancouver, Tokyo, Osaka and New York. She has appeared at many International Music Festivals - Aix en Provence, Salzburg, Buxton, Como, St. Magnus, Covent Garden and for a record seven successive years in cabaret at the Edinburgh International Festival with Donald Maxwell as “The Music Box”.
Recent appearances have included a new production of The Makropulos Case, conducted by Esa Pekka Salonen at the prestigious Salzburg Festival and last year, The Mayor’s Wife in Jenufa at Opera de Lille.
She is a voice tutor on The Music Theatre Course at The Dance School of Scotland in Glasgow and directs on the vocal Department at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She also teaches and directs at the Oxenfoord International Summer School and at masterclasses throughout Britain and in The Hague and in Ireland. In June 2014, she co-directed Rossini’s La Gazzetta for the Royal College of Music in London.
She has an honorary doctorate of Music from St. Andrews University and in 2001 was awarded an OBE for services to Opera.
Tuesday 2nd to Saturday 6th December 2014 at 7.30pm
Biggar Theatre Workshop presents 'Snow White'
A traditional, family panto, with all the usual laughs, songs, dance, romance, and adventure as Snow White and the Biggar Dwarfs take to the stage at the Corn Exchange. A scary queen and her Magic Mirror too! Don’t miss it!
Tickets are £6 children and £8 for adults and are available at Brydens or online here.
Please note that tickets for the performances on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night are no longer available online.
Friday night is now SOLD OUT.
Tickets for Wednesday and Saturday nights can be obtained from Brydens newsagents.
Please note that there are only 6 tickets available for Thursday night
Friday 12th December 2014 at 7.30pm
Emily Smith - A Winter's Night Christmas Concert
Tickets are £10 / £8 and are available at Brydens Newsagents
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st December 2014 at 7.30pm
Uke-tide cheer with The Dukes of Uke
Biggar's very own Ukulele Ensemble return to The Corn Exchange for 2 nights of festive cheer.
Tickets are £7 and are available from Atkinson-Pryce Books, 01899 221225 or online here
Friday 26th and Saturday 27th December 2014 at 7.30pm
Biggar Little Cinema Presents 'Philomena'
The film is based on the book 'The Lost Child of Philomena Lee' by journalist Martin Sixsmith. and tells the true story of Philomena Lee's 50-year-long search for her son.
Journalist Martin Sixsmith has lost his job as a Labour government adviser, and is contemplating writing a book. He is approached at a party by the daughter of Philomena Lee. She suggests that he write a story about her mother, who was forced to give up her baby boy, Anthony, fifty years ago. Although he initially scorns the idea of writing a human interest story, he eventually meets with Philomena and after hearing her shocking story, he decides to investigate further.
Philomena received critical acclaim from reviewers upon release: "Based on a powerful true story and led by note-perfect performances from Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, Philomena offers a profoundly affecting drama for adult filmgoers of all ages."
The film has been recognised by several international film awards. Coogan and Jeff Pope won Best Screenplay after it was screened at the 70th Venice International Film Festival.
The film was nominated in four categories at the 2014 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actress for Dench, Best Adapted Screenplay for Coogan and Pope, and Best Original Score for Desplat. It was also nominated for four BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globes.
Admission is £6, with tickets available from Brydens Newsagents and at the door on the evening, subject to availabilty.