Fringe of Gold 2021

Scotland’s festival of wind, brass and percussion returns in person and in cyberspace, featuring one of Europe’s most admired natural horn players and performances by students from the University of St Andrews, the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and The Wallace Collection.

Opening Concert: Ross and McQueen

Wednesday 17 November, McPherson Recital Room, 13:10

The Wallace Collection and St Andrews New Music Ensemble

Bede Williams (trumpet),James Ross (piano), John Wallace (director)

The world premiere of a new trumpet concerto by Scottish raised composer Ian McQueen, Presence, COOL, Transcend will be performed by Bede Williams, whilst James Ross will lead the world premiere of his suite for piano and brass quintet.Admission: £4, FREE to Music Centre members. Please note, there will be a mixture of distanced and non-distanced seating at this concert. To book in advance, please visit


Thursday 18 November, Holy Trinity Church, 13:00

SCO Wind Soloists and Royal Conservatoire of Scotland students side-by-side

The SCO’s renowned wind soloists and the outstanding wind students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland join forces for a witty instrumental traversal of Der Rosenkavalier, one of Richard Strauss’s best-loved operas.

Admission: £6 – £16.50 To book in advance, please visit

The art of energy

Friday 19 November, McPherson Recital Room, 13:10
St Andrews Scholarship Saxophone Quartet
St Andrews Scholarship Wind Quintet and associate teacher Alex South

St Andrews Scholarship Brass Quintet
St Andrews Percussion Ensemble and associate teacher Thomas Lowe

Following COP26, and in partnership with the Centre for Energy Ethics, four prize-winning composers from an international composition competition present new work based on the University’s Art of Energy virtual gallery. The winning composers are:

Emma Arandjelović, responding to artwork by Katerina Evangelou

Tom Green, responding to artwork by Adam Sebire
Neil Tomas Smith, responding to artwork by Ted Leeming
Sarah Horick, responding to artwork by Natasha Awuku

Admission: FREE with donations invited to Music in Hospitals and Care

A night with the bands

Friday 19 November, Holy Trinity Church, 19:30
University of St Andrews Wind Band Big BUStAAfter a long wait (two years!), Wind Band and Big Band are back in concert! Big BUStA will be performing brilliant repertoire including Liberty City by Jaco Pastorius and Red Clay by Freddie Hubbard. Wind Band will be performing a mix of pieces from the soundtrack of How to Train your Dragon, and the Best of Stevie Wonder, as well as more traditional Wind Band repertoire such as Blackwater by Fergal Carrol, and Gustav Holst’s First Suite in E flat for Military Band.Admission: £7 (standard), £4 (students), £1 (Music Society Members)

Tickets available on the door and online at under ‘Events’

Symphonic Brass

Saturday 20 November, 19:00
The Wallace Collection
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland brass students
John Logan (director)

The Wallace Collection and students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland brass department combine to play a new arrangement by John Miller of Liszt’s monumental Sonata in B minor for piano. Completing the programme are other new arrangements for symphonic brass ensemble. Please note there is no in-person audience permitted at this event.

Anneke Scott (horns) and Andrew Forbes (piano and organ)

Sunday 21 November, McPherson Recital Room, 16:00
One of the world’s leading exponents of historical horn playing, Anneke Scott performs with groups such as the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, the English Baroque Soloists, Pygmalion and the Dunedin Consort as well as giving masterclasses at leading institutions throughout Europe and beyond. In this concert with Andrew Forbes, Director of Music at Glasgow Cathedral, Anneke will play music by Moscheles and Saint-Saëns accompanied both on piano and on the McPherson Recital Room’s historic 1868 T.C. Lewis organ.

Admission: £14, £11 (Music Centre members), £5 (University of St Andrews students) Please note, there will be a mixture of distanced and non-distanced seating at this concert. To book in advance, please visit