Final arrangements are now seemingly in place for a star studded Burns' Supper and Concert at The Chemainus Theatre in British Columbia on January 25th.
When Prestoungrange was granted The Key to the City by The Mayor in Chemainus in 2001 he promised to return and celebrate Burns' Night with them all in 2003. Under the leadership of Anne Wills, the Baron's elder sister, a magnificent event is in the making.
Anne built from her contacts as Treasurer to the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Society and persuaded a retiring Canadian diplomat cum actor cum Welshman, Terry Jones, to become the evening's Producer and Director....and the menu is as shown below.
Dolphinstoun will be joining Prestoungrange and Lady Prestoungrange so will Sylvia, Baron Sergeand and Anne Taylor, Arts Festival General Manger in Prestonpans. The Clan will have five other family members in attendance from Washington State and Alberta .. quite a crowd to meet with 250 guests at Chemainus.
More news as it happens ... but we already know that the Victoria Gaelic Choir will be in Scotland shortly so expect some early spin off there and several other Murals Centres are already claiming Scottish heritage ..... and Karl Schutz is of course in attendance.
|BURNS NIGHT 2003 IN CHEMAINUS|
Produced and Directed by Terry Jones
|5:45pm||Princess Mary's Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums |
parade down the main street of Chemainus to the theatre
|6-6:30pm||Pipes and drums played in theatre lobby while guests arrive and take their seats in the restaurant|
|THE BURNS' SUPPER|
|6:30pm||The Much Honoured Baron and Lady of Prestoungrange arrive accompanied by The Much Honoured Baron of Dolphinstoun and are piped to their seats by their personal pipers when all stand for |
|The National Anthem O'Canada|
|Supper begins with a welcome and opening remarks by the Chairman John Davidson including an introduction to the VIP guests|
Scotland's Greeting from the Patron The Much Honoured Baron of Prestoungrange
Entrance of The Haggis piped in and escorted by the honour guard of Princess Mary's Canadian Scottish Regiment.
Address to The Haggis delivered by John Davidson
The Selkirk Grace - all standing
|The Haggis with Glenkinchie malt whisky and Supper will then be served|
During the Supper Susan Smedley will play Scottish airs on the piano
|Toast to Her Majesty The Queen The Patron|
Toast tae the Lassies Terry Jones
Reply for the Lassies Nancy Johnston
|The Bonnie Lass O'Ballochmilesung by John Davidson accompanied by Susan Smedley|
|THE IMMORTAL MEMORY Roy Kennedy|
Selection of Burns' poetry read by Alex Provan
The Star of Rabbie Burns sung by John Davidsonaccompanied by Susan Smedley with all guests invited to join in the chorus after which The Patrons and VIP guests are piped out and all other guests make their way to the theatre for the Concert at 9pm
THE BURNS' CONCERT
|8:55pm||The Much Honoured Baron and Lady of Prestoungrange take their seats in the theatre|
|9pm||Princess Mary's Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums play a medley |
|9:15pm||Highland Fling performed by Lynne Griffiths Highland Dancers|
The Victoria Gaelic Choir under the direction of Douglas Hodgkinson
Pipes and drums medley and the dancers with pipes and drums
|Sabhal Ia'n ic Uisdean|
Ca' the Yowes
Eriskay Love Lilt
Burns' Medley on the Celtic Harp by Beth Potter
Crodh an Tailleir by Maureen Campbell and Marlene MacDonald Cheng
Bail' Inbhir Aora
Srathspe, Reel and Jig with Lynne Griffiths Highland Dancers
Chi mi na Mor-bheanna
My Love is Like a Red Red Rose &
Comin' Thro' the Rye by Norma Selwood
Ye Banks and Braes of Bonnie Doon
Fiddle Selection and Tin Whistle by Michelle Steeves and Denis Wightman
Concert goers Burns' Sing-a-long led by The Victoria Gaelic Choir
Burns' most famous song Auld Lang Syne sung by all Concert goers with The Victoria Gaelic Choir and the pipes and drums
Princess Mary's Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipes and Drums pipe all out