Recognition for the Friends of the Caird Hall Organ
The Friends of the Caird Hall Organ are delighted that their fundraiser Dr. Jim McKellican has been short listed in the Arts & Business Scotland 30th Annual Awards.
Arts & Business Scotland (A&BS) has announced the shortlist for its 30th Annual Awards celebrating excellence in innovative relationships between the cultural and business sectors.
A&BS exists to put business into culture and creativity into business by advocating the value of cross-sectoral partnerships to encourage collaborative working. The charity says this year’s shortlist is one of the most diverse in recent years with a strong emphasis on cultural organisations delivering projects that enable both social and economic benefits for rural and urban communities.
A&BS Chief Executive David Watt said:
“This year’s shortlist is a fantastic reflection of the innovation and creativity which exists between the cultural and business sectors, contributing to a thriving and vibrant cultural offering here in Scotland. “Throughout the judging process what was abundantly clear was the value that cultural organisations bring to both rural and urban communities though their social and economic impacts. It is hugely encouraging therefore to see such a diverse range of businesses demonstrating a willingness to support this activity in Scotland.”
Some notable comments made during the judging included that a project had the ability to reach “new audiences, providing skills development for local community” while another “had raised significant awareness of the history and fabric of the city”. Recognising the value of the business to cross sector partnerships the judges commented that one in particular was “a strong example that highlighted the business’ commitment to the local community”.
The shortlist for this year’s awards cover a whole spectrum of business sectors from finance to manufacturing, universities to social enterprises and more unusually, a scaffolding company and a dairy. The cultural organisations making the shortlist is an equally impressive and varied selection, including some of the nation’s best loved national companies such as Scottish Ballet and the National Theatre of Scotland to more specialised local organisations including NOISE, Summerhall and the National Centre for Gaelic Language, Culture and Arts.
For the first time the Awards will recognise an individual or team which has made a significant contribution to the fundraising efforts of an arts, cultural or heritage organisation. Individuals from the National Theatre of Scotland and National Museums Scotland will go up against Dumfries and Galloway based Alex McQuiston from Absolute Classics, the Board of Directors from Dunfermline’s Fire Station Creative and James F. McKellican from Dundee’s Friends of the Caird Hall Organ for the coveted title of Fundraising Excellence.
David Watt added:
“Given the financial pressures facing arts, cultural and heritage organisations it makes perfect sense that we should celebrate the outstanding efforts made by fundraising teams and individuals. This is the first time we have included this category and we’re delighted to see such a varied shortlist both in terms of size, objectives and geographical spread.”
The winner of the Fundraising Excellence Award, along with Business Creativity, Leadership, Glasgow Life Award, Enterprising Museum and the five partnership categories – Placemaking, People, Innovation, Enterprise and International – will be announced at a ceremony in March next year.
“First Appearance in Dundee by David Hayman” • The Cause of Thunder • Wednesday 8 February 2017
A funny thing happened on the way to the pub…Bob Cunningham thought he saw a man ascend into the sky.
It’s two years after the referendum, and Bob Cunningham has stuff on his mind: whether or not to take early retirement; politics, of course, and what to do about the No vote, Brexit, Corbyn, the refugee crisis…that weird thing about rising into the heavens…and not forgetting the letter from Ethel, his ex-.
It puts him in storytelling mood – Bob’s one of life’s raconteurs – all the while trying to decide what to do about retirement and the onset of old age, and whether his life’s work is done. Is he finished? Can he come to terms with his, and his country’s, past, and future?
Follow-up to The Pitiless Storm, performed by David Hayman, written by Chris Dolan, directed by David Hayman Jr.
Bowie Experience • World’s № 1 Bowie Tribute Show • Friday 26 May 2017
I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring……Bowie Experience coming to Dundee.
Bowie Experience, the most successful David Bowie tribute show in the world, continues to play to sold out theatres. The show features of all of the pop icon’s hits, and provides audiences with an unforgettable journey of sound and vision through David Bowie’s golden years.
Direct from the UK with an all British cast, Bowie Experience has become the world’s favourite and most authentic tribute to the thin white duke, and continues to amaze audiences across the globe and is a must see for all Bowie fans.
The ultimate tribute show, the Bowie Experience cast pay great attention to the sound and feel of the music, all performed with the same accuracy, passion, energy and verve of the thin duke himself. Complete with authentic costumes and iconic stage set projections, the show is invited to perform at festivals and theatres all over the world.
“We pride ourselves on doing the music justice,” says Laurence Knight, who plays Bowie in the show. “We aim to faithfully recreate the sound and vision that made Bowie’s songs so timeless.”
Laurence is a vocalist, actor and multiinstrumentalist who has performed all round the world during the past eighteen years of touring. With performances at the official “David Bowie Is” Exhibition at The V&A London, The Royal Albert Hall and alongside The Cure, Boney M, Roy Wood and the Boomtown Rats.
Joined by his amazing cocast members, the world’s number 1 celebration of David Bowie recreates the magic of Bowie with all the hits from A to Ziggy including Space Oddity, Starman, Fashion, Life on Mars, China Girl, Rebel Rebel, Golden Years, Modern Love, All the Young Dudes, Let’s Dance, Heroes and Absolute Beginners.
The life of the Starman with a multi decade spanning career, the late, great David Bowie is recognised as one of the UK’s most influential and radical musical exports. His first hit was the song “Space Oddity” in 1969. The original pop chameleon, Bowie became a fantastical Sci-Fi character for his breakout Ziggy Stardust album.
He later co-wrote “Fame” with Carlos Alomar and John Lennon which became his first American № 1 single in 1975. 1980 saw the release of ‘Scary Monsters’, an album that looked to update Bowies original ‘Space Oddity’. Three years later saw the release of ‘Let’s Dance’.
The 90s saw Bowie create a side project with musicians Reeves Gabrels, Tony Fox Sales and Hunt Sales known as ‘Tin Machine’ which went on to sell two million albums.
Bowie sadly passed away on January 10, 2016 much to the dismay of his fans and those he had influenced throughout the years.
Join the Bowie Experience for a celebration of true legends amazing career…
Anton & Erin • Swing Time • Friday 1 March 2017
Join the nation’s favourite ballroom couple when they return with an exciting new show for 2017.
Featuring dazzling new choreography, sparkling costumes and a sensational show band performing timeless music.
- I Got Rhythm
- Guys and Dolls
- Le Jazz Hot
- Strike Up the Band
- I’ve Got the World on a String
- I Could Have Danced All Night
- Anton du Beke&Erin Boag
- Richard Balcombe• Conductor
- Lance Ellington• Star Vocalist
- Six world classEnsemble Dancers
Plus the full 25 pieceScottish Concert Orchestra
Sam Bailey • Sing My Heart Out Tour • Wednesday 5 April 2017
2013 X Factor winner and gold selling artist Sam Bailey is once again taking to the stage to showcase her powerhouse voice in a 2017 national tour. The Sing My Heart Out tour will be the first since her sell-out headline tour of early 2015.
The Sing My Heart Out tour will coincide with the star’s upcoming album of the same name. It will be the follow up to Sam’s number 1 album The Power of Love which was released in 2014. She has been working tirelessly on the new album and has travelled to LA to record tracks with the acclaimed music composer and icon Steve Dorff. Since her return from LA Sam has spent countless hours in the studio. She has also teamed up with former A1 band member and singer/songwriter Ben Adams who has been working with Sam on many of the songs for the album including the first single Sing My Heart Out.
Sam is also running a competition to give talented artists from each venue’s area the chance to be her support act for a night. Entrants will send videos in prior to the show sharing their vocal ability for Sam to review. She will then personally choose the winners of this exclusive and potentially life-changing opportunity to perform in front of thousands.
Sam went from life as a prison guard to storming into the music industry when she was crowned the winner of the X Factor. The reasons behind the competition lie with Sam being adamant that she will never get carried away in the industry by forgetting her humble roots. Sam empathises with so many of the struggling artists out there that are looking for their big break and believes the competition will help to support them on their journey to success. She is not reluctant to admit that she wouldn’t be where she is today without the push that the X Factor gave her, and now it’s her time to give someone else the push they need.
Following her X Factor win, Sam’s hit single, Skyscraper, became the UK Christmas No.1. The following March, Sam’s album was released to high praise and later in 2014, she embarked on her solo sell-out tour. So far in 2016, Sam has been busy on stage playing a main role in the UK tour of the award-winning Broadway show CHICAGO.
With fans across the world eagerly awaiting new music, Sam’s new material and tour is highly anticipated and once again set to be a sell-out show.
For information on how to enter the competition please visitwww.sam-bailey.com
Kevin Bloody Wilson • Second of the Final Farewell Tours...Perhaps. • Monday 27 March 2017
The Kevin Bloody Wilson show is not just a concert performance; for most, it's a full on event and an opportunity to tick from your bucket-list, a chance to see Australia's most unique international comedy legend.
In the more than 30 years since his first album (Hey Santa Claus, Living Next Door to Alan) Kev's concerts continues to sellout around the globe. Selling upward of 4 million units and being nominated for Australian of the Year have helped cement his place as, in the words of Billy Connolly, 'The world's funniest Australian'.
Special Guest Jenny Talia from Australia