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.
View a video of the demonstration team’s display on our Branch YouTube page.
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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.
We are sad to announce the death in July of Owen Meyer who was a former London Branch chairman from 2002-2005. Owen was also one of our Honorary Vice-presidents.
Photo courtesy Stephen Webb.
These photos were taken by Jerry Reinstein at our Branch AGM dance on Saturday 9 June.
On Wednesday 14th February 2018 dancers enjoyed the music of Sandra Smith on piano and and Christina Hood on fiddle. Dances were called by Jane Rose.
Dance programme: Charlestown Chaser, The Dunedin Festival Dance, Hello-Goodbye, Crom Allt, Fair Enough, The Valentine, The Highlandman’s Umbrella, New Year Jig, Ca’ the Ewes tae the Knowes, Blue Bonnets, Scott Meikle, C’est l’Amour, 12 Coates Crescent, The Reel of the 51st Division
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The Branch Burns Supper Ceilidh on 16 January 2018 was once again a great success. 170 dancers enjoyed dancing to the superb music of the Caledonian Reelers as well as enjoying the delicious traditional supper of haggis, neaps and tatties provided by Margaret Shaw and her hard-working team. Iain Farrell piped in the haggis which was paraded by Willie Lawrence, and Ian Rutherford addressed it with great style.
Photos courtesy Jerry Reinstein.
Dancers who attended the Branch Christmas Dance were treated to a wonderful buffet provided by Margaret Shaw and her team of helpers as well as some wonderful festive music from Ian Robertson and his SCD Band. Our MCs for the evening, Rachel Wilton and Lindsey Rousseau, guided us seamlessly through the programme. We were very pleased to welcome visitors from Los Angeles and Toronto.
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The South East Branches Coordinating Committee would like to thank the many dancers who helped with the RSCDS Teachers’ Course and Examination, and also the Branches who generously contributed to the cost of the Course, thereby supporting the continuation of the Scottish Country dancing that we all love.
The successful candidates were –
Units 2 & 3
Ginny Colenbrander, Jacmel Dent and Roy Southall London Branch, Kate Thomson Berks, Hants, Surrey Borders Branch
Hilary Maidstone Norwich Branch, Helena Strandberg Luthi Gothenberg Branch, David Smith Somerset Branch
Many thanks must also go to the tutor, Mervyn Short, and the musician, Judith Muir.
Well done everyone!
On Saturday 18 November 2017 dancers came to celebrate St Andrew’s Night with a ceilidh dance to music from The Caledonian Reelers with MC Simon Wales.
Dances included: The Gay Gordons, The Canadian Barn Dance, The Eva Three Step, The Britannia Two Step, The Dashing White Sergeant, St Bernard’s Waltz, The Eightsome Reel, Strip the Willow, Circle Waltz and many more.
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