Despite torrential rain, over 90 dancers attended the Branch Christmas dance on Saturday 15 December 2018 and were treated to superb music from David Hall and his SCD Band as well as delicious refreshments provided by Margaret Shaw and her team. Rachel Wilton and Danielle Reinstein were our excellent MCs for the evening. It was a really wonderful start to the Christmas festivities.
Dance programme: The Hollin Buss, Catch the Wind, Gramachie, The Starry Eyed Lassie, The First of September, Margaret Parker’s Strathspey, Orpington Caledonians, Culla Bay, Cadgers in the Canongate, Follow Me Home, The Glasgow Highlanders, The College Hornpipe, Over the Water to Charlie (New Way), Cape Town Wedding, Glastonbury Tor, Fair Enough, Miss Eleanor, The Reel of the Royal Scots.
Dancers representing London Branch took part in the annual Dance Around the World Festival at Cecil Sharp House, Camden , London on Sunday 28 October. This festival highlights the many forms of traditional dance which take place in the UK.
Our team danced a 20 minute demonstration in the Kennedy Hall and followed this with a one hour afternoon workshop led by Andrew Kellett which introduced participants to the fun of Scottish Country Dance.
Some of our Beginners Class dancers attended the Autumn Wednesday dance on 24 October 2018. They and other enthusiastic dancers dancedThe Brudenell Jig, A Highland Welcome, MacDonald of the Isles, Flowers of Dunbeg, Gramachie, Granville Market, Catch the Wind, The Old Man of Storr, The Machine without Horses, The Wind on Loch Fyne, The Lass of Richmond Hill, Fair Enough, The Minister on the Loch, The Reel of the 51st Division. The lively music from Sandra Smith on piano and Barbara Manning on fiddle led to several encores and a fun evening was had by all. Read more »
Were you in Kensington Gardens this afternoon? A fun session of dancing easy Scottish dances for all ages took place to music from Caledonian Reelers and expert guidance from MC James Fairbairn. Although a couple of rain showers sent people running for shelter under the trees, the sun soon returned and people also got the chance to view a demonstration of Scottish country dancing to music played on the bagpipes.
Crowds gathered to watch and join in the first of this year’s open air dancing sessions in Kensington Gardens. Scottish dancers, tourists visiting London on holiday and others visiting the park who were drawn to the lawn in front of the bandstand by the music provided by the band Kafoozalum, enjoyed two hours of dancing easy Scottish and ceilidh dances.
Under the guidance of MC James Fairbairn they had fun dancing a selection of jigs and reels. The Branch demonstration team also gave a display.
We are sad to report the death in August of Wilson Nicol, a London Branch chairman from 1993-1996 and another of our Honorary Vice-presidents. Wilson was also editor of our magazine The Reel for several years.
Our first Open Air Dancing event takes place this Saturday 18 August near the bandstand in Kensington Gardens. Entrance is free. Bring a picnic and enjoy some ceilidh and easy Scottish dances. Our MC is James Fairbairn with live music from Kafoozalum.