The evening of 30th June duly arrived and, on the short journey from the house to the chapel, the heavens opened and everyone was drenched. How apposite that the group should sing excerpts from Showboat - "the roof is leakin' in"! In his vote of thanks Sir Nicholas described Ensemble as "truly wondersome" and everyone retired happily to the house for a sumptuous supper. An evening never to be forgotten.
In August of that year Ensemble appeared for the first time on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in the splendid setting of St. Andrew's and St. George's Church right in the centre of the city in George Street. Thus a long and happy association with St. Andrew's and St. George's Church and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe began as every year since that debut performance Ensemble has given a one night concert on the Fringe.
1991 and 1992 saw an ever-widening range of groups supported with charity concerts. A local organisation, the Twelve Group, asked Ensemble to give a concert with funds being raised for Riding School for the Disabled and a magnificent £1000 sum was raised. A youngster taking part in Operation Raleigh was supported in Kirkcaldy as were the organisation who produce a Newstape for the Blind and the RSPCC (now Children First), in what was, for several years, to become an annual event on the first weekend in December in Leven.
During this time Ensemble ventured further afield, to Dunning in Perthshire, to the Grouse and Claret Hotel in Kinross and to different venues in Edinburgh.
10th Anniversary concert at St. Andrew's and St. George's Church, Edinburgh
Most notable amongst the 1994 and 1995 concerts were those in support of the HPCT Handicapped Children's Pilgrimmage Trust (Kirkcaldy, September 1994), Friends of Kirkcaldy Art Gallery and Museum (Kirkcaldy, March 1995), Cochlear Implant Support Group (Jordanhill Church, Glasgow, May 1995) and LUPUS (Kirkcaldy, May 1995). It was in December of 1995 that Ensemble first gave a concert in the delightful and sadly underused Buckhaven Theatre.
May 1996 saw Ensemble perform at the Lochgelly Centre and June heralded a return visit to Glasgow, but these were short journeys in comparison to July's adventure which saw Ensemble head to Germany for the first time (see German Connection). Concerts later that year and in 1997 included local events in Kirkcaldy, those that had become annual events and, in February 1997, a concert in support of Markinch Amateur Operatic Society.
January 1998 took Ensemble to Pitlochry and a Sunday afternoon concert in the Green Park Hotel in support of HCPT. Over the next two years the Lochgelly Centre, Markinch Town Hall and St. Peter's Church in Kirkcaldy were among venues revisited, as was Jordanhill Church in Glasgow and, as the 20th century came to an end, Ensemble had performed over 150 concerts.
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