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YOUR INVITATION New Laigh Kirk in John Dickie street is the church at the heart of Kilmarnock town centre with the people of Kilmarnock at its heart.

“A caring, welcoming church at the heart of Kilmarnock, reaching out to all”

There’s no doubt that the exterior of this iconic, beautiful building near the Kilmarnock cross is instantly recognisable to almost all local folk who pass it daily but there may be some who have never stepped inside; who may feel unsure about entering or who are just waiting for an invitation. Here it is! Please come along: bring your friends (young and not-so-young) and your family. Make new friends too! This “Music For All @ New Laigh Kirk” initiative is designed to welcome folk into this magnificent sanctuary who perhaps have never been before – all ages, musical tastes, friends new & not-so-new. We have FIVE FREE musical events held in New Laigh Kirk (and also live streamed) between September and November 2019. No tickets are required. ALL ARE WELCOME! So please spread the word; make a note in your diary; come in; fill the Kirk with people and celebrate the joy of music. Though performances are free and the church will not make any profit, we hope to collect voluntary donations at the close of each event for charities relating to dementia, homelessness, mental health, social care etc.

Hope to see you all there! Rev. D. Cameron

Live Lounge: Friday 6 September at 7.30 pm Live Lounge is an exciting acoustic showcase of Ayrshire musicians, bands and musical talent! On Friday 6th September at 7.30pm, New Laigh Kirk in John Dickie street, Kilmarnock will be hosting an open Live Lounge-styled evening with acoustic musicians performing their own music. We'll have a wide range of musical styles from four exciting groups, all playing for the event in support of mental health awareness in Scotland. The Live Lounge event is in Association with Ayrshire College and welcomes everyone who would like to come and enjoy some informal acoustic music or for anyone who would like to come along to support the groups. The evening will run from 7.30pm, with doors opening at 7pm and a break for free refreshments. Come along and enjoy! Entrance is free but donations welcome: SAMH (Scottish Association For Mental Health). Murray Baxter - Ayrshire College Music & Sound Production Lecturer: Murray has been involved in the Music Industry as a drummer and backing singer for various rock bands since the age of 18. Most recently Murray has performed over 300 gigs across UK and EU with Rock bands Mechanical Smile and Twin Heart. Murray set up his own business 'Rip It Up' in 2012 helping young local bands find gigs and managing them. The business has grown to become a well-established agency, booking tours for bands and putting on concerts across the country.

Confirmed to take part, as we go to print are Stara Zagora Creating a cinematic sound, Stara Zagora (Sean McGeoch) is set to release his brand new album, 'One Way Ticket To The Moon Please...' this summer. Currently studying Sound Production at Ayrshire College, Sean takes influences from the likes of Pink Floyd, Radiohead and Neil Young. Lori Smith Fourteen-year-old singer/songwriter Lori Smith is set to make waves in 2019. Lori is a regular performer and busker, playing venues and events across Ayrshire. After the successful release of her debut single, Fighter, Lori has a busy summer schedule including performances at Live @ Troon and K -fest. Having been raised listening to Northern Soul, Ska, Reggae and Punk, as well as developing her own musical taste ranging from Jake Bugg to Paloma Faith, Lori has a depth of influences that have helped shape her as a songwriter. Martyn McGilvray Local singer song writer Martyn McGilvray's debut EP, Another Day is released on July 1st 2019. Martyn studies sound production at Ayrshire College and is looking forward to performing throughout 2019.

SAMH is the Scottish Association for Mental Health which operates in communities to provide a range of mental health support and services.

Let's All Sing: Sunday 22 September at 7 pm Do you like to sing? Then here is the ideal opportunity to join with others who also like to sing well known traditional hymns and modern Christian songs with a range of different accompaniments, including piano, organ, praise band and brass. No need to be an expert singer just someone who loves to sing. A warm welcome is extended to all whether or not you have any Church connection: all you need to do is come along and enjoy yourself. The event is being recorded and DVDs will be available for the elderly, housebound and nursing homes.

Rev David S. Cameron Parish Minister Rev David S Cameron is our Parish Minister. Born in Glasgow and brought up in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire he embarked on a career in civil engineering and commercial management. Discerning a call to ministry he graduated from Glasgow University and was called to Laigh West High Kirk in 2001. Grange Church united with the congregation in 2009 to become New Laigh Kirk. David has placed the church at the heart of town and community with initiatives linking partnerships with East Ayrshire Council Vibrant Communities; Ayrshire and Arran NHS Trust; businesses, local government service provision and charitable trusts.

Amy Hannah Community and Family Worker

Amy Hannah is NLK's Children and Family Worker, originally from Glasgow, she now lives in Kilmarnock. Having graduated in Music from Glasgow University, Amy decided to pursue a career in the field of composition. During this time Amy continued to gain experience of youth leadership and developed faith and relationships between the church and communities. Working with youth teams and families became a joy for Amy and so she began pursuing a career in youth ministry .

Martin Sharp Organist and Choir Master

Born and bred in Kilmarnock and educated at Grange Academy Martin gained a BA in music from Stirling University, followed by an LTCL in Music teaching from Trinity College of Music. He has been teaching Piano since 1987, has had a long career playing organs in local churches and is currently organist at New Laigh Kirk.

Kilmarnock Concert Brass Quartet In 1970 A.H. Keachie formed Kilmarnock Concert Brass, as Kilmarnock Youth Band. Over the next few years the band competed in and won many competitions, leading to TV performances and playing in the Royal Albert Hall, London, for the National Brass Band Championships. 1992 saw the band take part in BBC Songs of Praise to mark the 400th anniversary of the granting of burgh status to Kilmarnock. Fast forward to present day. With Scott Walker, their new Musical Director, Kilmarnock Concert Brass go from strength to strength. We are very grateful to the KCB brass quartet for their contribution to “Let’s All Sing”.

Crossreach is the Church of Scotland’s Social Care Charity

Music At The Movies: Friday 4 October at 7.30 pm Don’t sit Home Alone , Frozen a nd Brassed- Off. Join us to enjoy celebra ted music-making movie magic from some of cinema ’s most-loved, timeless film scores, performed by Newmilns & Galston Band with guest vocalist, Lynne Kenmuir. Rediscover the magic of academy award -winning soundtracks: hit after epic hit from unforgettable blockbusters will transport us shaken and stirred to the wondrous world of Hollywood and the Oscars – in glorious 3D sound! Entrance is free for this joyous winter -warmer. Donations welcome: EACHa (East Ayrshire Churches Homelessness Action)

Newmilns & Galston Brass Band is one of the oldest surviving brass bands in Scotland, with 186 years of proud, Ayrshire musical history. Following a very successful union almost 20 years ago, the band has gone from strength to strength and they continue to deliver quality entertainment and excitement at their many public events, under their musical director, Mr Alan Cameron and Principal Cornet, Mr Douglas Cameron.

The former Newmilns Burgh Band was formed in 1833 by a group of handloom weavers and had many successes over the years in regional and national competitions. The former Galston band started as a reed band in 1872, promoted by the Gauchalland Coal Company, but within a few years had converted to brass as the Galston Burgh Band. Newmilns & Galston is currently graded in the First Section of the National Championships: the band fulfils local engagements as well as competing regularly in contests far afield, maintaining a long musical tradition. A very versatile group, their impressive repertoire ranges from traditional brass band music, through to classical transcriptions, movie scores, big band sets and contemporary works.

Guest Vocalist: Lynne Kenmuir Lynne has been performing from a young age and pursued her passion through a degree in classical music from the Ian Tomlin Academy of Music, Edinburgh. Lynne played the title role of Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in 2010 before graduating and starting her career in the Third Sector for a local performing arts charity. Since then Lynne has moved on to study a Masters in Social Work whilst taking time out to play many principal roles in amateur musical productions, having appeared recently as Ann in “Half a Sixpence” at The Gaiety, Ayr and Judas in a workshopped sing-through of “Jesus Christ Superstar”. She is a member of Ayr Amateur Operatic Company; a regular performer at Burns’ Cottage and Exhibition Centre and very much enjoys performing at important charity events such as this.

EACHa provides hygiene packs, toy packs and Christmas gifts to everyone who becomes homeless. EACHa also runs Community Friends Drop-Ins which offer food, friendship, advice and social activities manned by volunteers, with professional advice being offered by agencies such as Housing Options, Community Health and Addiction Services.

Musical Memories: Friday 8 November at 7.30 pm When listening to music, the brain lights up like a firework display: if parts are damaged, the music can still reach them. Music can bring back feelings, memories and sometimes even abilities thought lost: it can manage mood and emotions; reconnect families and foster new connections. This evening’s much-anticipated event features wonderful musicians, in support of this musical therapy.

In this gala concert we are thrilled to welcome home the international and widely acclaimed soprano, Kate Valentine, whose career has blossomed since her debut with Scottish Opera and we are delighted to play host to the renowned Aeolian Choir, under the direction of Mr Alec Ferguson, who’ll sing music from their wide repertoire to rekindle memories; take us down memory lane and allow us to wallow in nostalgia.

Kate Valentine’s heartfelt; dramatic interpretations and powerful soprano have seen her take major roles at English National Opera, Opera North, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, Glyndebourne, Den Jyske Opera and the Théâtre du Châtelet, as well performing in many of the UK’s most prestigious concert halls. Highlights include a Radio 3 Broadcast of Villa Lobos’ ‘Bachianas Brasilieras No 5’ with Cello Ensemble as part of Glasgow’s Cottiers Festival, a concert performance of Cosi fan tutte for the Chopin Festival in Warsaw, Brahms’ Requiem with the RSNO under Lawrence Renes; Britten’s War Requiem in The Sage, Gateshead; and Britten’s Spring Symphony under Garry Walker.

Kate is also a Musical Theatre and Cabaret enthusiast, and has performed in Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music at the Théâtre du Châtelet; made guest appearances for the Lichfield and Cheltenham Festivals; recorded ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ with Stephen Bell and the BBC Concert Orchestra for BBC Radio 2 and appeared at BBC ‘Proms in the Park’, Glasgow Green, as part of the Last Night of the Proms Celebrations.

Kilmarnock Aeolian Male Voice Choir The Choir can trace its roots back to 1933 when it was formed as an evening class under the control of the local Education Authority. Each year the choir gives a number of concerts in aid of local charities, church organisations etc, and the highlight of the year is the annual concert when the choir is helped by guest professional soloists.

The choir has taken part a number of times in the Lanarkshire Festival of Male Voice Choirs and several of its members participated in the 'Voices of the Commonwealth” - 2014 at the Royal Concert Hall, which was a marvellous experience. The Choir has always donated music prizes to local schools: In 2015, however, it was decided to expand its charitable work. Prostate Scotland, Alzheimer’s Scotland and Willowbank School were all presented with donations for their worthy causes. Glasgow Phoenix Choir invited the choir to share in the memorable 2016 fundraiser for Erskine Hospital which was held in the Royal Concert Hall. Also in 2016 the choir did well in BBC 2’s Eggheads quiz show broadcast in 2017. The Choir extends a warm welcome to anyone who feels they would enjoy singing and are sure you would find it an enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Playlist for Life is the UK's leading music and dementia charity. They want everyone with dementia to have a unique, personal playlist with the soundtrack of their life to keep them connected with themselves and their loved ones. Come along and enjoy the musical memories! Entrance is free but charity donations welcome: Playlist For Life.

Should Auld Acquaintance: Friday 22 November at 7.30 pm To-night we celebrate Robert Burns’ connection with Kilmarnock and Laigh Kirk, where his friend, Tam Samson, lies buried. Come and enjoy a feast of music and entertainment with a distinctly Scottish flavour. Tap your feet to the rhythms of the renowned Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra as they play medleys of traditional Scottish music. Since 1982 AFO’s founder, Wallace Galbraith, has worked tirelessly to develop the talent of musicians aged 10 to 18. The Orchestra has a proud record of tours in Europe, North America, South Africa and China. The Robert Burns World Federation, whose offices are directly opposite New Laigh Kirk, will be represented by current President, Brian Goldie, who takes a special interest in fostering a love of Burns’ poetry among young people. Another well known Burns’ enthusiast, Jock Wilson, will entertain us with recitations of the Bard’s poetry, including “Tam Samson’s Elegy” – written by Burns before Tam was dead so that he could enjoy the lyrics! Completing this array of talent is Gerry Fitzpatrick, an international musician who travels mainly in Europe with his group, performing at Scottish themed events and Burns' suppers.

Donations welcome: Donations will be used for the restoration of Tam Samson’s tombstone in New Laigh Kirk churchyard. Tam Samson’s image used by permission of East Ayrshire Council/East Ayrshire Leisure @NLKkilmarnock

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