renfrew town hall

Music for a spring evening

Venue: Renfrew Town Hall

Date/Time: 27th April 2013

Event Price: £12.50/£10

Event Information: Featuring Thomas Walker (Tenor) with guests Fiona Menzies (Piano) and Gwen Mairi Yorke (Clarsach/Harp). Also appearing will be Starlight Music Youth Theatre.

An evening featuring well known classics from the world of song and opera set in the fantastic surroundings of the refurbished Renfrew Town Hall.

ordered by emailing or by calling 07456 197214. Tickets can also be paid for using Paypal, cheque or cash.

The event is promoted by Renfrew & Gallowhill SNP.

Paisley Abbey

Eternal Light  –  The Concert                                                                      

On 15 May this year, in Paisley Abbey, Bearsden Choir will be joined by Chorus Niagara to perform two wonderful choral works.  The first is a traditional mass, composed as a celebration for the life of a loved one and the second, a requiem, written, not for the dead, but for those who are left to grieve.

bearsdenchoirfThe concert, Eternal Light, will benefit Poppyscotland and the Royal Canadian Legion. Please, read on and discover how various, disparate elements have combined to make this a very special event.

Beethoven wrote his Mass in C major in 1807, as a commission for Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy ll, to celebrate the birth date of his wife Princess Maria.  It is one of the least often performed of Beethoven’s larger works yet it has been described as, “a long-underrated masterpiece.”

Howard Goodall – Eternal Light: A Requiem. Many composers have written a requiem, a mass for the dead, in which they offer prayers of deliverance for the souls of the departed. Eternal Light looks at death from a different perspective. It reflects upon the agony and the emptiness which accompany the loss of a loved one and the desolation and despair that must be endured by those who are left to mourn. Premiered on Armistice Day 2008, Goodall has skilfully woven the words of the Latin Mass with poems in English to create, “a breathtakingly beautiful piece of music. “

One of these poems,” In Flanders Fields,” was written by a Canadian military doctor, John McCrae, who was born in Guelph, Ontario, only 60 miles from St Catharines – the home of Chorus Niagara.


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Eternal Light – Remembrance

Canada and Scotland have enjoyed a close – knit and staunch association for centuries.
Culture, education, business are but a few of the links which bind us together. Sadly, however, over the years, history has seen fit to forge and temper one particularly sombre yet wholly inspiring alliance, military service in time of war. Generations of men and women, Canadian and Scot, have served, fought and died side by side. South Africa, two World Wars, Korea and countless other actions have exacted their toll. Even now the harrowing spectre of Afghanistan continues to haunt both nations.

Paisley AbbeyThe Spanish author, C R Zafon wrote, “As long as we are being remembered we remain alive.”  Remembrance is a ceremony more commonly observed on a cold, crisp Sunday morning in November. This concert will, we hope, be performed on a warm spring evening in May and I am sure that you will agree that Remembrance should not be consigned to the bleak mid winter but that it should be ever present and eternal.

On 15 May, while poppies bloom in Flanders, choirs from Canada and Scotland will join together to sing and to remember ever mindful of the significance of the Poppy. There will be a collection in aid of Poppyscotland and The Royal Canadian Legion.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I look forward to welcoming you to our concert

Eternal Light  –  Why the Poppy ?

The winter of 1914/15, the first of the Great War, had been bitterly cold, the French countryside lay lifeless, ravaged by fierce and bloody fighting – it seemed as if the very soul of the soil had been laid bare. Yet, as if to make amends for this bitter winter of war, the spring of 1915 was the harbinger of cloudless skies and glorious sunshine. Indeed, it is said that, early in the morning, it was possible to hear birdsong in the stillness ‘twixt salvo and shell-burst.

Europe was in the grip of war yet, the warm spring weather together with the broken earth would  help create a magnum opus of the 20th Century – the Poppy, the image  that was to become the single most eloquent, most enduring indeed, eternal, symbol of Remembrance. Though its colour is redolent of blood and suffering, the Poppy’s dogged determination to flower was seen as a symbol of hope and regeneration.

Poppy seeds will lie dormant in the ground for years, germinating only when the soil is disturbed. Farmyard, field and forest, scarred and devastated by the folly of man, afforded just such “disturbance.” The madness of war would encourage the propagation of this tiny flower.  The pitiless pock-marked wasteland of the Western Front, the cemeteries, the countless solitary graves, together, would provide a fertile birthplace. Sun, soil and, paradoxically, war, would help awaken the slumbering seeds. Poppies would bloom, be blown and, perhaps, offer a flicker of hope to soldiers, cast adrift in an ungodly, desolate landscape.

The sight of these delicate, vibrant red flowers growing on the shattered war torn ground caught the attention of one particular soldier – Major John McCrae, MD Canadian Army. The grandson of Scottish immigrants, he was one of the most highly respected Canadian physicians of his generation and he was also a poet.

On May 3, 1915, McCrae presided over the funeral of fellow Canadian soldier, 22 year old, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer who was from Ottawa. Helmer, a friend and a former student of McCrae, had been killed by shellfire the previous day.  During the burial service McCrae noticed how Poppies appeared to flourish in the broken soils of the battlefield and how like tiny crimson sentinels, they stood watch over the graves of the fallen. The death of his friend and the image of the Poppy moved McCrae to compose some of the most memorable lines of war poetry ever written – “In Flanders Fields”

This short, poignant poem would enshrine the Poppy as the unique symbol of Remembrance. The delicate, blood red flame would never be extinguished. John McRae had pressed the petals between the pages of history and entrusted the Poppy to Eternal Light.

John Wilson
Bearsden Choir

duck race

Paisley & District Scout Group Duck Race 2013

Saturday 11th May sees Paisley and District Scout group’s Annual Duck Race from the Mill Bridge opposite Morrisons (Lonend) Car Park..

Last year’s event was a huge success and this year’s is already shaping up to be even BIGGER

The fun starts at 11.30am with Music being provided by McCallum School of Music and Paisley’s very own Sean Batty, STV’s weatherman will hopefully bring along the sunshine when he starts both races

The Corporate Duck Race starts at 2.30pm. Corporate Ducks are £50, this also gives 10 entries into the main race

The Main race starts at 3pm..  You can adopt a duck to enter into the race for £2 or adopt 3 ducks for £5 …. All money raised will be split equally between the Special Care Baby Unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital and Paisley & District Scout Group

There is a phenomenal list of prizes to win and the list continues to grow daily..

Ducks can be adopted from the following locations…

Sunday 21st April

Morrison’s, Lonend – 10am to 5pm

Saturday 27th April

Paisley RAH – 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Dobbies Garden Centre, Braehead – 12pm to 4pm

Sunday 28th April

Paisley RAH – 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Dobbies Garden Centre, Braehead – 12pm to 4pm

Morrisons, Lonend – 10am to 5pm

Saturday 4th May

Paisley RAH – 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Morrison’s, Lonend – 10am to 5pm

Sunday 5th May

Paisley RAH – 1.30pm to 4.30pm

Morrison’s, Lonend – 10am to 5pm

You can also adopt a duck through any member of the Paisley & District Scout Group… And if you don’t know any scouts and cannot make it along to one of the stores don’t worry – you can register your interest on their webpage ( ) and someone from Paisley & District Scout Group will be in touch.

Photograph taken for by Jean-Marie Stewart.

the eagles

Paisley Town Hall hosts 100 minutes of pure Eagles nostalgia.

Eagles’ devotees and rock fans take note; original Eagles tribute group Hotel California will relive all the classics for one night only at Paisley Town Hall.

Coming to the venue on Saturday 11 May, Scottish group Hotel California have promised music fans a show stopping 100 minute live set, covering all the classics like Tequila Sunrise, Desperado and Peaceful Easy Feeling, not to mention their namesake track, Hotel California.

Formed in 1999, Hotel California started out humbly by playing pubs and clubs in and around their native Edinburgh. After several years honing their craft, the group then took their 2003 smash hit show ‘The Eagles Story’ on tour to large venues throughout Scotland, gradually building up a faithful following along the way. Acclaim for The Eagles Story really picked up speed though when word spread throughout the industry and reached The Eagles themselves – leading to the gig of a lifetime accompanying original member Don Felder at the prestigious Dunhill Cup in St Andrews. Since then, the band have continued to go from strength to strength not just at home, but abroad too, going as far as Australia to play at the Melbourne Music Festival.

Catch the band next month with their brand new show, Hotel California – A Night of Eagles Music, taking place at Paisley Town Hall on Saturday 11 May, 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 each (£13 concession) and can be bought by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or going online to

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employment awards

Double celebration for council at employment awards

Two schemes run by Renfrewshire Council to give young people a helping hand into the world of work have been honoured at a prestigious national awards ceremony.

The council’s modern apprentice programme was named as the joint-winner of the Apprentice Award at the s1jobs recruitment awards 2013.

The other winner was Renfrewshire-based Scottish Leather Group, which last year launched its apprenticeship academy in partnership with the council-run Invest in Renfrewshire programme, which provided financial support.

Invest in Renfrewshire is a £4.5m programme designed to boost the local economy through offering employment and training opportunities to young people and providing financial support to businesses.

Both organisations were also named as joint-winners of the Chairman’s Award, which recognises the groups deemed most deserving over all the categories of the awards.

The ceremony was held at Glasgow’s Oran Mor venue and hosted by telly funnyman Craig Hill.

Councillor Roy Glen, Convener of Renfrewshire’s Council’s Economy and Jobs Policy Board, said: “The local economy and youth employment are two of the main priorities of this council and we have made significant investment in both, despite the tough financial climate.

“The council’s apprentice programme last year recruited 78 modern apprentices – the most the council has ever had at any one time.

“The Invest in Renfrewshire scheme has now provided financial support to more than 100 local businesses. I am delighted to see our partnership with Scottish Leather being recognised with this award.”

Maureen Ross, group HR manager at Scottish Leather Group, said: “We are absolutely over the moon to have won these awards for our academy.

“This is part of our strategy to find the talent which we hope will lead the business to success in the future.

“Our work with Invest in Renfrewshire to help get this project off the ground just shows what effective partnership working can do.

“I would say to other local businesses to get on board with Invest in Renfrewshire if they have not already done so.”

The s1 awards are intended to honour Scotland’s best employers, recruitment agencies and consultants.

Renfrewshire Council’s modern apprentice programme is supported by Skills Development Scotland and offers both craft and office-based apprenticeships.

All the council’s modern apprentices are guaranteed to be able to complete their apprenticeships with the council, which supports them through their college placement and relevant vocational qualification.

The candidate achievement rate has been above 95% in each of the past five years. Recruitment is set to begin in the next few weeks for the 2013 intake.

Scottish Leather Group is the UK’s largest producer of leather, and operates across five subsidiaries, three of which are based in Bridge of Weir, plus one in Paisley.

The firm’s apprenticeship academy was launched in 2012 in partnership with Invest in Renfrewshire, Scottish Enterprise and Reid Kerr College.


Quest4Talent 2013 Finals

Still Game actor and comedian, Alex Robertson plays host to an exciting talent show in Paisley Town hall on the 20th of April. Organised by the towns Rotary Club to help raise money for its charity work, children and schools from across the whole of Renfrewshire and Glasgow have already battled it out through 5 heats of the highly popular competition now in its 6th year.

48 highly talented acts have made it through to the semi-finals with the winners of each going head to head on the night to find this year’s outright champion.Talented youngsters gave amazing performances in 10 categories including musical theatre, glee clubs, dance, vocals, bands and traditional Scottish Music as the town plays host to this year’s Gaelic Mod.

A spokesperson said “The judges faced a very difficult time this year as the level of talent was exceptional and a credit to themselves and their parents”.

Councillor Sam Mullen has agreed to free parking for this event at the council buildings and the entrance is at the new houses just built at the council building.

Tickets for the event are available from the Paisley Arts Centre’s box office on 0141 887 1010 with the finals taking place at 2pm and 7pm on the 20th of April. Photographs and memorabilia are also on sale to commemorate the occasion with profits going towards the charities work. Further details can be found on http://www.quest4talent

All photographs taken by Alex Kyle for


JUST ANNOUNCED! Catch 1984 tomorrow for a special matinée performance priced just £3!

Friday 19th April, 1.30pm
Paisley Arts Centre
Booking: Call the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 and quote ‘£3 ticket deal’

1984Sell a Door Theatre presents Matthew Dunster’s faithful adaptation of Geroge Orwell’s dystopian science fiction novel. Winston Smith rewrites history for the Ministry of Truth, but when he’s handed a note that simply says ‘I love you’ by a woman he hardly knows, he decides to risk everything in search of the real truth.


“Kohli’s cookery and anecdotes left a reassuringly warm aftertaste.”

«««« The Times

Following the success of his other live shows, Nearly Naked Chef and Chat Masala, Hardeep Singh Kohli would like to invite you to his brand new show, Indian Takeaway.

The country is obsessed with curry. That much we know. But how do Hardeep’s home-cooked curries – the recipes inspired by his Mum and his Gran – compare to the local Indian Takeaways we love and adore? Let’s find out!

At the beginning of each show Hardeep will order a takeaway live on stage for delivery to thetheatre, having selected a local Indian takeaway from audience suggestions submitted via He will then order an audience member’s favourite meal. Whilst waiting for the order to arrive Hardeep cooks his own food.

Two curries with side orders of delicious cooking tips and lip-smacking Comedy. What’s not to like?

HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI“The ever-affable Glaswegian makes an excellent host and is well worth a taste.”

«««« Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

Hardeep’s love of all things culinary has led to him touring theUK constantly for the last three years with his hit shows The Nearly Naked Chef and Chat Masala which have both been huge hits with audiences across the UK. He was also runner-up on the first series of Celebrity Masterchef which led to two series for UKTV Food, New British Kitchen and Chefs and the City.

His first book Indian Takeaway was nominated for an Independent Book Award and he has written about food for Olive, Observer Food Monthly, The Spectator, The Times, The Sunday Times and various other publications and is a columnist for Waitrose Food Illustrated.

Hardeep is a regular host on Channel 5’s hugely popular current affairs show, The Wright Stuff and has been a regular reporter on BBC1’s The One Show and a guest on BBC 1’s Question Time, and This Week with Andrew Neil. For Channel 4 he has written and presented the BAFTA Award winning In Search of the Tartan Turban, the critically acclaimed and award winning Hardeep Does… and the seminal gambling series 50 Says You’ll Watch This.

As a journalist, his column in Scotland on Sunday called “hardeep is your love” saw him twice nominated in 2007 and 2008 for Scottish Columnist of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards. He is also Contributing Editor on the Spectator Magazine, has written for the Independent on Sunday, The Times, Observer Woman, Conde Nast Traveller to name but a few.

Having started his broadcasting career in radio he still holds the wireless very dear, presenting extensively across Radio 4 and Radio 5 Live and has made a plethora of documentaries for Radios 2, 3 and 4.
Venue: Arts Centre PAISLEY
Date: Saturday 15th June 2013
Box Office: 0300 365 6677


Calling all folk fans! Walk 500 Miles to see Blueflint, The Proclaimers’ brilliant support act.

Catch an evocative and atmospheric live set when Blueflint’s tour brings them to Paisley Arts Centre next month. 

The Edinburgh based five piece band cleverly intertwine banjos, fiddle, double-bass and drums to accompany the singers in beautifully-crafted songs. They successfully thwart attempts at musical pigeonholing as their fresh and original sound stretches across several musical genres; from the dark underbelly of folk to buoyant Americana-tinged ballads.

After the success of their lauded 2009 debut album High Bright Morning, Blueflint’s much anticipated second title Maudy Tree raised their profile even further, gaining the band serious acclaim throughout the music press and airtime on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio Ulster. 


Then in 2012, Blueflint supported The Proclaimers for six weeks on their Like Comedy UK tour, taking in venues like Edinburgh’s Playhouse and London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Playing in front of audiences ranging from 2000 – 4500 in capacity (just under 80,000 people in total during the tour) Blueflint were met with an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response and have proved themselves to be formidable live performers, gaining a strong reputation and following spanning the length and breadth of the country. 

But their latest tour, which sees a stop off in Paisley, is just one of Blueflint’s goals for 2013. In April the band announced they had started work on their hotly anticipated third album which will be packed with fresh new tracks.

Catch Blueflint at Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 10 May, 7.30pm. Tickets to the gig cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked by calling the Box Office on 0300 300 1210 or online at

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Me and My Shadow, My Shadow and I: an innovative show specially designed for kids.

Highly visual, interactive and revolutionary early years’ theatre performance My Little Shadow has been written and produced specifically with young audiences in mind.

Taking place at Paisley Arts Centre in late April, My Little Shadow magically blends dance with live music, song, film and clever puppetry to tell the story of a young girl and her mischievous shadow.

From front row seats, children will join the rogue Shadow as she sneaks out at night for an out of this world adventure. Zoom off on the rocket with her as she flies into space and back – but not before encountering a friendly little alien!

As My Little Shadow is focused on interacting with young theatre-goers, the story is broken up with opportunities for the audience to participate; including helping to launch the rocket with a rousing blast-off countdown and ‘pass the move’, where children mimic the dancers’ movements on stage.

The production has been created and produced by Renfrewshire Arts & Museums’ Outreach Team in partnership with local dance organisation, Right2Dance. Written and directed by Vanessa Rigg, she will also provide the narration and live soundtrack for My Little Shadow. The lead characters, the young girl and her shadow are brought to life by Right2Dance performers Joanne Garbutt and Eilidh McCormick with choreography courtesy of Right2Dance tutor Aileen Palombo.

Young families can join in the My Little Shadow fun at Paisley Arts Centre on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 April. There will be two performances each day at 10.30am & 1.30pm. Tickets cost £4 per adult (an adult ticket includes 1 free child’s ticket) and additional children’s tickets cost £2. Tickets can be booked by calling our Box Office on 0300 300 1210.

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