Tullis Russell Mills Band was formed at the end of the First World War as a morale booster for mill workers at the suggestion of the then Lady Russell, who had been impressed by the playing of the Prize Silver Band of Coaltown of Balgonie, a nearby village. Supported by the mill owners, Tullis Russell soon became one of Scotland’s premier brass bands. It was noted for its enlightened attitude towards bringing many young musicians to the fore through its junior band. Such was the efficacy of its teaching for early learners, delivered by inspired individuals within the band itself, that many of its players had careers in professional orchestras, not only in London and throughout the UK, but further afield in European centres such as Munich and Zurich.
Brass banding has always moved with the times, and reflects contemporary musical culture. When Tullis Russell (the Papermakers) Mills closed in March 2015 after 206 years in Markinch (the company still has a factory in Cheshire and another in South Korea), brass band culture lived on after the factory closure, and the Tullis Russell Mills Band organisation continues to thrive, serving Glenrothes and its community, providing a musical vehicle for the local community and its young people to enjoy and participate in.
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Weds 26 June, 7.30pm, The Bowhouse | £25 / £18 / £5 | Approx. 110 mins with interval
Tullis Russell Mills Band – John Wallace director | Ensemble Marsyas – Peter Whelan director
MICHAEL NYMAN The Ogre, In Re Don Giovanni, The Libertine | MOZART Serenade for 13 Winds ‘Gran Partita’, K361/370a
Sponsored by Hedley G Wright
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Sat 29 June, from midday until 4pm, Kellie Castle & Gardens | FREE
For more info, visit the Kellie Castle page