A World First?
The Ottawa Low Family May 9, 2006, 1:39 a.m. (Message 45202)
Today, May 8, 2006, the Ottawa Branch celebrated our 40th anniversary by dancing on Parliament Hill to the Peace Tower Carillon. The music was played by Mr. Gordon Slater, the Dominion Carilloneur. Four sets warmed up before the Noon hour chimes by dancing Mairi's Wedding to bag pipes played by two members of the Branch. After the tolling of the hour we danced Hooper's Jig, the Saltire Strathspey (Book 45, devised by Barb Anglin of the Ottawa Branch who also danced it today) and the White Cockade. We should have pictures on our web site some time next week. My question is - Has any one else danced to a Carillon? This is an excerpt from the web page announcing the monthly programme for the carillon which can be found at http://www.parl.gc.ca/Sites/Collections//carillon-e.htm Monday, May 8th, 2006; from 12:00 p.m. to 12:15 p.m. for a performance on parliament Hill by the Ottawa branch of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Scottish Country Dance Medley, Various, arranged by Gordon Slater, 2006 Pansonic No. 3, Op. 28, No. 3, for carillon (2000), by Ray Twomey (b.1938) Asleep in the Deep (1920), by H. W. Petrie, arranged by Gordon Slater, 1967 Bill Low Ottawa, Canada
George Meikle May 9, 2006, 10:42 a.m. (Message 45204, in reply to message 45203)
John, I am glad to hear you enjoy the dance and hope the original tune used is just as enjoyable - after all it was composed by a great box player!!!!! You may also be interested to know that the CD for Book 45 also holds 'A World First' title in that it was the very first CD to be recorded using a 'digital' accordion rather than the usual acoustic accordion. The instrument used on the recording is a Roland FR7. Who says the RSCDS are behind the times? On this occasion they were very definitely at the forefront of technology! George Meikle Lothian Scottish Dance Band > John wrote:- > Our group really enjoys the Saltire Strathspey. We used it as a demo > dance a couple of weeks ago.