The Branch held a virtual Burns event from 5pm on Sunday 24 January 2021. The evening featured vintage videos from ceilidhs past plus music, poetry and all the traditional Burns features, including the Address to a Haggis, the Immortal Memory, Toast to the Lassies and the Lassies’ Response.
Watch a recording of the event on the Branch’s YouTube channel
This took place on Sunday March 1 2020 at London Scottish Regimental Headquarters, 95 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2DX
An Afternoon Tea Dance with entertainment items. Music provided by Ian Robertson and his Scottish Dance Band.
Dances: The Machine without Horses, City of Belfast, General Stuart’s Reel, Ladies’ Fancy, The Lea Rig, None so Pretty, A London Celebration, Circle Waltz, The Duke of Atholl’s Reel, The Dream Catcher, Flowers of Edinburgh, Hamilton House, Monymusk, The Reel of the 51st Division.
Over 130 dancers and invited guests enjoyed a fun afternoon of dancing and socialising with a splendid tea of sandwiches and cakes. There were several entertainment items including a recitation, highland dance displays, musical items and singing.
Wednesday 19th February 2020
A dance with some easier dances for beginners and intermediate dancers to music from Sandra Smith and Barbara Manning
The Waratah Weaver, Nice to See You, Lady Lucy Ramsay, Fair Enough, The Sailor, 12 Coates Crescent, Hamilton House, Kendall’s Hornpipe, The Piper and the Penguin, The Falkirk Lass, Napier’s Index, Catch the Wind, Butterscotch and Honey, The Reel of the 51st Division
Extras: Postie’s Jig, The Laird of Milton’s Daughter, Flowers of Edinburgh, Tap the Barrel
Photos courtesy Peter Kendrick
126 dancers enjoyed the Burns’ Ceilidh Dance at St Columba’s Church on Saturday 11th January. The assembly danced a popular dance programme with lively music being provided by the “Caledonian Reelers”. The traditional piping in of the haggis was followed by a spirited rendition of Burns’ “Ode To A Haggis”. Then the dancers were treated to a piping hot meal of haggis, neeps and tatties. The dancing resumed and the evening finally ended with “Auld Lang Syne”.
Photos courtesy Stephen Webb
Saturday 19th December 2020
DANCE CANCELLED… however
We had a virtual Christmas party via Zoom where music and dance items were interspersed with quizzes and games.
We encourage you to wear a Christmas party hat and attire and join in the fun.
For more information about what went on, see our 24 December eUpdate.
Our Christmas dance took place on Saturday 14th December 2019.
Dancers enjoyed a festive evening dancing to music from Nicol McLaren and The Glencraig Band.
Dance programme: Joie de Vivre, General Stuart’s Reel, Lord Elgin’s Reel, Farewell to Balfour Road, Orpington Caledonians, The Minister on the Loch, Miss Mary Douglas, Margaret Parker’s Strathspey, Glastonbury Tor, The Starry Eyed Lassie, Scott Meikle, Miss Gibson’s Strathspey, Ladies’ Fancy, Flight to Melbourne, Sugar Candie, Jennifer’s Jig, City of Belfast, The Deil amang the Tailors
Photos courtesy Margaret Catchick, Simon Wales and Petar Petkovic
Wednesday 23 October 2019
Dancers enjoyed a programme of dances more suitable for beginners and intermediate dancers to music from Sandra Smith (piano) and Keith Anderson (fiddle). MCs Judith Jones and Davinia Miln ably guided people through the dances and a good evening was had by all! Read more »
New Season Dance
Saturday 21 September 2019
To music from: Strathallan
The season got off to a rousing start with the first Saturday Branch Dance. The Band, Strathallan, were in top form and MCs Gaynor Curtis and Jim Cook kept the assembly in order.
Dance programme: Mrs Stewart’s Jig, The College Hornpipe, The Gardeners’ Fantasia, Vintage Simon, The Lammermuir Hills, The Countess of Dunmore’s Reel, The New Rigged Ship, The Dream Catcher, The Highlandman Kissed His Mother, The Starry Eyed Lassie, Tap the Barrel, Sugar Candie, Muirland Willie, The Bon Viveur, Catch the Wind, The Singing Sands, Quarries’ Jig, Swiss Lassie
Saturday 8th June 2019
AGM: 6.45 – 7.30 p.m.
Dance: 7.30 – 10.30 p.m.
This dance took place after the Branch AGM to music from Sandra Smith and Barbara Manning
Dance programme: Hooper’s Jig, Flowers of Edinburgh, Tulloch Gorm, Old Nick’s Lumber Room, John of Bon Accord, Culla Bay, Lady Susan Stewart’s Reel, Major Ian Stewart, La Tempête, The Gentleman, Ladies’ Fancy, Crossing the Line, Miss Gibson’s Strathspey, Follow Me Home, The Montgomeries’ Rant.
Over 65 beginners and experienced dancers from the London area and beyond, including visitors from Toronto and Vienna, came together to enjoy dancing to the excellent music of Sandra Smith and Ian and Meryl Thomson at our Summer Wednesday dance on 29 May 2019. A walk through of the dances gave the less experienced dancers the confidence to get on the floor and enjoy themselves, ably assisted by the more experienced dancers. Tasty refreshments were provided by the Branch catering team of Margaret, Lena and George. Thank you to all who attended, to our superb
musicians, our catering team and to Judith Jones and Davinia Miln, our excellent MCs for the evening, who guided us seamlessly through the dances. A great evening enjoyed by all who attended.
Dance programme: Charlestown Chaser, The Loch Ness Monster, 12 Coates Crescent, Clutha, Joie de Vivre, Miss Gibson’s Strathspey, Napier’s Index, Pelorus Jack, The Dream Catcher, The Westminster Reel, Inchmickery, Scott Meikle, The Starry Eyed Lassie, The Reel of the Royal Scots
Photos courtesey Margaret Catchick