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History 1983-1989
 

The first concert was given on Saturday 24th April 1983 in the hall of the Macainsh Church in Lochgelly. The hall was full and Ensemble was launched.

A second concert took place before the summer at Pathhead Church in Kirkcaldy as the group supported the local charity VORAG (Voluntary Organisations Regional Advisory Group). Three more concerts followed in the second half of the year and another five the next as, amongst others, Ensemble supported the Fife Folk Museum in Ceres and undertook a joint concert with Lomond Brass organised by the Arts in Fife.

In February of 1985 Ensemble appeared at the St. Andrews Festival and in October of that year gave their first performance in a National Trust For Scotland (NTS) property at Kellie Castle (see Programmes).

 

Ensemble on two of its visits to Kellie Castle

Ensemble was now increasingly in demand to help fund-raising for charities and three successive concerts in the spring of 1986 saw the group support the British Diabetic Society, Save the Children Fund (now known as Children First) and St. Columba's Hospice.

Now giving around ten concerts a year 1987 saw Ensemble venture out of Fife for the first time, to nearby Kinross! The concert became even more noteworthy when paint from newly painted but unlabelled walls, found its way on to the ladies recently purchased dresses. Recompense was eventually forthcoming and the group set out on an even more adventurous journey to the west of Scotland - to Kirkintilloch!

In August Ensemble followed their third performance at Kellie Castle with a debut at another NTS property - the Edwardian Hill of Tarvit House near Cupar.

In December 1988 a Victorian Evening (see Programmes) was presented in a charity evening at Rossend Castle in Burntisland and on 6th October 1989 Ensemble's 50th concert supported Leven Amateur Musical Association at Scoonie Kirk Hall. On the first of December Ensemble performed in a Dickensian Tea room at the Edinburgh Sheraton Hotel in several twenty minute sessions throughout the evening and this was to be repeated on six further occasions during the month finishing up with the 23rd, 27th and 30th.

Ensemble at the Dickensian Tearoom in the Edinburgh Sheraton Hotel

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