Rothesay Trinity Church of Scotland

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The Bute Arts Society's Season of monthly concerts continues on 3rd  March 2023 at 7.30 pm with a concert by the Resol String Quartet. Tickets are £12.50.

Just before Christmas the Ballianlay Choir held their well attended Annual Christmas Concert. A review (from a member of the audience) follows:

The Ballianlay Choir Christmas Concert

The night was cold with a gentle breeze off the sea making it seem even colder as the audience began to congregate at the gates of Trinity Church for the Ballianlay Choir Christmas Concert on Wednesday 14th December 2022. Cold breath and stamping feet outside Once inside the buzz and hum of friends meeting friends continued until the choir led by their organiser and Director of the programme Fiona Shaw, took to the stage.

Fiona had organised an excellent programme of Christmas song which started with the choir singing ‘How Quietly’ followed by ‘This Child of Light’. The audience were also not forgotten being asked to participate in such classic Christmas Carols as ‘The First Noel, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, and The Holly and the Ivy’ at different points throughout the evening of song. Solo performances by Janet Huggart, who sang ‘Somewhere in Your Silent Night’, Malcolm Alexander who sang ‘Caro Gesu Bambino, and Fiona herself who sang the ‘Most Wonderful Birthday of All’, were sung beautifully and greatly appreciated by the large mixed family audience. Jane Fisher on flute accompanied by Olga Morgan on piano played a a very jolly rendition of Tambourin by Gossec to everyone’s delight, Tony Prosser added a touch of mirth and hilarity with whimsical renditions of ‘The Violin Farm’ by Sir Richard Stilgoe and a Politically Correct Christmas written anonymously.

Christmas classics such as ‘Walking in the Air’ and ‘Somewhere in my Memory’ sung to the ‘Home Alone’ theme added to the Christmas feeling that swirled around a somewhat cold church. The evening of song and light concluded with everybody singing of ‘Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ before the audience and choir melted away quietly into the cold of a dark night. A night to be cherished and remembered.

A big thank you must go Trinity Church for providing the venue for this Christmas Concert, to Fiona for organising the concert pieces, the accompanist Olga Morgan, and the Choir, and then of course to the Ballianlay Choir member themselves who gave us all a night of joy to lighten the heart before the rush that was Christmas.   

George M


The Bible Study Group  is held at The Manse every Thursday afternoon at 2pm. All are welcome, and all materials will be provided (including tea/coffee and biscuits).

The kitchen for the Large Hall has been repaired, and the Hall is in full use again.