New member Lis helps open new season of Clef Club

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The 2014/15 season of Gala Clef Club opened at the Lucy Sanderson Hall on Saturday, September 27, with a wonderful array of new and returning musicians.

Robert Fraser and Miriam Scarlett opened the programme with Schubert’s Sonatina op 137 No 1 in D. (D.384).

Margaret Dick followed with three dance pieces on the Clef Club piano: a Sarabande from Bach’s French Suite in G major, a Mazurka by Chopin and a short dance suite by Vaughan-Williams.

Next, the audience was delighted to welcome Syrinx Flutes, a group of nice local flautists, led by ex-SCO flautist and new Clef Club member Lis Dooner.

Lis and her pupil Elizabeth Raitt opened with a Musette for two flutes by Michel Blavet.

Syrinx then performed four Scottish folk songs arranged for three flutes by Joseph Haydn, followed by a jazzy arrangement of Joshua Fit De Battle Of Jericho.

Heidi Goodship and Jim Letham started the second half of the programme with a selection from Bach’s Suite No 2 in B Minor for flute and harpsichord, including the famous Menuet and Badinerie.

This was followed by Stuart Gordon of local Indie rock band Torino, who performed a selection of tunes by Miles Davis, Charlie Mingus and Chick Corea for jazz guitar.

Finally, Lis Dooner, John Harris and Jim Letham performed the explosive Andante and Rondo Op 25 by Franz Doppler.

It was a fine finale to the Clef Club’s season opening, which showed the club is lucky to have such an array of talent in its membership.

The next Clef Club meeting is on Saturday, October 25.

If you would like to come along or join, contact Heidi on 0778 037 8590 or, for a full report and more information, visit the Clef Club website on http://onlineborders.org.uk/community/galaclefclub