Earlier this year Linlithgow Arts Guild was invited to put on a concert for “Culture Path”, a promoter of international educational and performance tours based in Calgary, Alberta.  90 students from Canada and the USA will be based at Stirling University for a week, and will be performing in the evenings under the banner of “Stirling Bridge International Arts Festival”. Their venues will range from St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh to Ayr Gaity Theatre, Perth Concert Hall, Glasgow and Stirling castle.

Keen to bring the concert to Linlithgow, the Arts Guild felt that this should be an event for all of the town, and enlisted the joint support of Linlithgow Folk Festival Association and Linlithgow Grange Rotary Club. We hope that the whole of Linlithgow will live up to its reputation for the Arts, and for being “Kinde to Strangers”, in welcoming these visitors to our town.

The visitors who will perform on 9th July are:

STRINGENDO – a school for string players in Michigan. They focus from a very early age on learning to play by ear, and they often dance while playing. These dynamic young performers are much sought after in their home area and will show how much fun you can have while learning music theory and performance! Some parents who picked up on the enjoyment have now become their back-up band, known as the “Papas and Mamas.” Their programme includes a potpourri of North American music including bluegrass, western swing, blues and jazz.

BRITISH COLUMBIA BOYS CHOIR – a large organisation which has won international acclaim on tour in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, China, South America and of course at home in Canada. Singing in 4 parts the choir is based in the Vancouver area. They have made over 20 recordings. Their music extends from Medieval through classical and popular song to contemporary pieces.

CHELSEA HOUSE ORCHESTRA – “Celtic with a Kick” from Michigan includes string instruments, flutes and clarinets as well as djembe and cajon. The music of these senior high school pupils is lively, featuring Scottish and Irish traditions, Celtic renditions of American folk songs, with a little Hungarian and Rock and Roll thrown in for fun.

The promoter brought similar groups to Scotland last year and we are sure that the young performers, who will range in age from 12 to 24, will be very enthusiastic and entertaining!

Tickets (£10, concessions £8, students £5) are available at "Far from the Madding Crowd", "The Line Gallery", from Linlithgow Grange Rotary members and online at www.LinlithgowArtsGuild.co.uk . There will be no fees or commission payable for on-line sales for this event.  

Tickets are also available at Linlithgow Burgh Halls (01506 282720) . West Lothian Council have indicated that this box office may close at the end of June.