Review of Easterbrook Hall Concert, November 2019

A dark, damp Sunday evening was brightened by a brilliant concert from the Solway Sinfonia at the Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries. Under the baton of their conductor, Hilario Flores-Coni, the orchestra performed an exciting and challenging programme opening with Borodin’s Overture to Prince Igor.

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Review of Let Nature Sing, Dumfries Baptist Church March 2019

With winter in full retreat, and nature waking up in the warmer, lighter spring days, this was the perfect time of year for a musical concert inspired by wildlife, and in particular, birds. This concert was also raising funds for the conservation work of RSPB Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway, and Area Reserves Manager Andrew Bielinski kicked off the evening with a welcome speech thanking the audience for attending.

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Review of Easterbrook Hall Concert November 2017

20th anniversary concert.

If ever an antidote is needed to a dreich, miserable November Sunday, one can always be found in a Solway Sinfonia concert, and their 20th birthday celebration in the Easterbrook Hall on 26th November proved no exception. What a fabulous evening: a superbly varied programme, three wonderful soloists, orchestra and conductor all on top form. And great to see such a well-filled hall, all of us present privileged to have been in the company of such sumptuous music-making.

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Review of Easterbrook Hall Concert March 2017

Solway Sinfonia Raises Money for Music in Hospitals

Classical music fans had an unusual treat on Sunday 26th March, when the Solway Sinfonia, conducted by Geoff Keating, regaled us with an evening of Beethoven’s piano concertos. Murray McLachlan returned to Dumfries to play the ‘Emperor’, and for the first time he brought his three pianist children with him, all teenagers.

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Review of Easterbrook Hall Concert November 2016

Easterbrook Hall, 27th November

For their autumn concert in the Easterbrook Hall Solway Sinfonia, under the guidance of the evergreen Geoff Keating, delivered an attractive programme of romantic ‘nationalist’ music to a large and extremely appreciative audience.

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Review of Lockerbie Town Hall Concert March 2016


On Sunday 13th March this orchestra, with its conductor Geoff Keating, gave an excellent concert in aid of MacMillan Cancer Support, in Lockerbie Town Hall.

They started with Schubert’s Overture in the Italian style. The strings and winds sang melodies to each other in the operatic manner; the dance section raised the roof with drums and brass and there was an exciting finale with the whole orchestra.

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Review of Easterbrook Hall Concert November 2015

The Solway Sinfonia’s all-French evening on 29 November had been planned for months. Little could they have known how poignant it would be, after the ghastly events in Paris a fortnight earlier. And while we could not quite stand shoulder to shoulder with Debussy, who defiantly signed himself ‘Musicien français’ during World War I, we could at least call ourselves ‘Amis de la musique française’, and lend our moral support to a nation apparently under siege.

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Review of Gatehouse-of-Fleet Concert March 2015

A large and appreciative audience, plus a generous acoustic, greeted the Solway Sinfonia at Gatehouse Parish Church on 22 March for the fourth concert in the Gatehouse Music Society’s 2014-15 programme. Under their inspirational and indefatigable conductor Geoff Keating, they presented a menu of works old and new, familiar and unfamiliar, including two first performances – ‘The Tempest’ Overture, by Geraldine Mucha, and Love Song of a Lonely Man, by Geoff himself.

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Review of Easterbrook Hall Concert November 2014


What better way to raise the spirits on a cold, dank November night than to listen to a well-performed programme of Bohemian music? That was the treat offered by Solway Sinfonia to a reasonably-sized audience in the Easterbrook Hall last Sunday. There is always something uplifting and life-affirming about Czech music, and the orchestra’s exceptionally well-chosen and balanced programme did just that.

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Review of Moffat Concert March 2014

Our concert in Moffat on 23 March 2014 was a resounding success judging by the press crit below.

Sunday's concert in the hall of Moffat Academy was given by the Solway Sinfonia in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care, and ably organised by their local committee: it was a joyous occasion which gave huge pleasure to a large number of people. There must have been some 170 people in the audience and many others were involved in the very successful presentation of the event, including two young musicians from the Academy who played for us beforehand.

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