The Fish Cross Tree

As you are all aware the tree has been causing lots of problems in this area for months now ( never mind the tree what about the barriers) the roots have been lifting the paving slabs therefore causing a slips trips and falls hazard.

In desperation I think a solution being thought about is to replace the tree and use a tree pit to curtail both growth of tree and more importantly roots.

What do you all think remembering in this day and age health and safety is paramount – would a tree seat help covering up some slabs.

Lets have some thoughts before a decision is made

Absolute Classics - Annan Academy - Atmospheres recording session

Absolute Classics Education Programme – Immerse

Warning – this is not virtual!

For three years Annan based music charity, Absolute Classics has been working with local young people on a composition project focussed on games music.

The project, IMMERSE, was born out of Absolute Classics’ work mentoring young people from Dumfries & Galloway in the creation of original compositions and video games soundscapes. Professional composer, Luci Holland was brought to the region to mentor the young participants, using classical compositional techniques to help express the young participants musical ideas.

On Sunday the 11th of November the grand finale will take place in Glasgow at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, where the newly orchestrated compositions will be performed. It is not just an ordinary concert either… it is a live game with a narrative, a journey into the
Cairngorms, mysterious happenings… and an interactive element where you get to decide which way the concert goes next.

Absolute Classics’ education manager, Narelle Freeman has been truly inspired by the whole project;

“This has been an exciting and terribly creative experience. Additional benefits of the project have been to provided these young composers with an opportunity to shadow and be mentored by our team of creative professionals in the production of an event on a world-class stage.”

And one participant added:

“I really thought this experience was amazing. It allowed me to create something of my own that I never thought I’d have the ability to create. Composing music is something that seems so inaccessible and only for the select few, yet this project has really made me believe the opposite. Even if you think you could never create your own music, I definitely think this process makes it possible for everyone and I would encourage anyone who gets the chance, to do so.”

Immerse will take place in Glasgow at the Centre for Contemporary Art on Sunday the 11th of November – for further info see:

Absolute Classics October Concert at Annan Academy

Absolute Classics Concert Review

Absolute Classics Concert Review ~ October 2018

Last week, Swedish pianist Martin Sturfält introduced Absolute Classics’ audiences to a style of thematic programming as individual as the musician himself. Performing four concerts of over four days across the region beginning with an evening concert at Annan Academy, Martin’s first programme gave a fascinating incite into the way in which composers throughout history have taken direct inspiration from J.S.Bach. Eloquently he framed each work, giving historical reference of their relation to the great composer and cleverly managing to include works by the Scandinavian composers Sjögren and Nielsen, all in an accessible and enjoyable format.

With intellect and precision, Martin’s second programme of the week spoke to those who yearned for something more familiar. The music of Schubert and Chopin filled the air with graceful swathes of harmonious resonance. A true feast for the soul.

Join us next month for the 3rd instalment of the Absolute Classics season. The internationally renowned Fournier Trio will perform a selection of well known works, including pieces by Beethoven, Brahms, and the famous ‘Dumky’ trio by Dvořák.

The Trio will begin their regional tour at Annan Academy on the evening of Thursday 15th November.

International star of the piano, Sasha Grynyuk

Absolute Classics Raise Mental Health Awareness

An Annan-based performing arts promoter is using the medium of classical music to raise awareness of mental health issues in young people.

Absolute Classics, a charity that works across Dumfries and Galloway to bring exciting and engaging concerts and music-making activities into the region’s remote communities, has extended its work to deliver a pilot workshop and concert as part of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Central Events Programme.

Building on Absolute Classics’ popular education and outreach programme, which delivers one-to-one masterclasses with world-class classical musicians for young people, the new venture was developed out of the feedback from the young participants of previous projects and the Fringe Society’s panel of Young People were very keen to work with them as a partner in this year’s programme.

The workshop is called ‘Creating Stories Through Soundscapes’ and will take place on Tuesday 21 August at Fringe Central. Young trainees will be mentored by a team of creative professionals, including composer Luci Holland, and the project will culminate in a concert in November with the Tinderbox Orchestra at Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts.

Absolute Classics education co-ordinator, Narelle Freeman, said:

“Everybody understands sounds way before language and they are more direct, uncomplicated and honest than words. This workshop will take participants through simple sound manipulation techniques to explore ideas, dreams, stories or other realities, which they can communicate directly through their own soundscapes.”

Absolute Classics’ education and outreach projects focus on harnessing the importance of music in young people’s lives, to inspire engagement with building their own skills, aspirations, potential and commitment to personal achievement.

Working in the areas between secondary and tertiary education, the project supports greater understanding and knowledge, improved technique training, active engagement within wider groups and professional networks, and developing self-expression and communication. It is hoped to extend the project to develop a series of workshops for the region which focus on mental health issues in young people.

Narelle explained:

“Music is a powerful and personally meaningful form of connection, particularly for young people, and we are collaborating with music therapists and mental health professionals to ensure we can learn from this pilot so that we can develop workshops that we plan to deliver throughout Dumfries and Galloway from September 2018.”

The charity is seeking to raise funds for the workshops through online crowd-funding channel Just Giving.

Absolute Classics director, Alex McQuiston, said:

“We have ambitions to deliver the benefits of our education and outreach programme for many more young people living in remote communities throughout Dumfries and Galloway, regardless of the equipment available locally. But to achieve this, we need mobile technology.

“If you are able to support us, even in the smallest way, it will make an enormous difference in how many remote young people we can reach. You can support our education and outreach activities directly through Just Giving via the button on our website and Facebook pages, or by text – Text DGYP77 £5 to 70070”

Anyone who wishes to take part in Absolute Classics’ young people’s activities are asked to visit the charity’s education page at, Facebook page @absoluteclassicsconcerts.