Seasons Greetings (December 2010 by Jo Harris)
From JO at the TORRIDON STORES & CAFÉ.
Jo would like to thank all those who have supported the shop and café during her first season, and especially the Torridon Community for making her so welcome.

I plan to stay open over the Winter &, for a 'trial' period in December, the Stores & Café will be open from 10am-5pm Mon, Wed, Fri & Saturday.

I am also planning some evening events to brighten up those long dark nights! Please do not hesitate to ring me with any queries, orders or bookings.
Tel: 01445 791400
jo@torridonstoresandcafe.co.uk.

Windy Night in Torridon (November 2010 by Shirley Powley)
Wind and rain were indeed sweeping across Torridon when the Brabants Wind Quintet - now re-named the Anemos Arts Ensemble - made a welcome return to the village hall on 28th October. All members of the Brabants Symphony Orchestra, they take an obvious delight in the rapport and camaraderie that builds up within a small group, as they choose, rehearse, and travel with music that they enjoy.

The local schoolchildren enjoyed them too, when they attended a workshop devoted to Prokofiev's inspired re-working of the folktale, 'Peter and the Wolf'. The performance at the end of the afternoon was narrated, with suitably localised alterations, by the Scottish flautist's father. The comment from one child at the end, that he 'didn't know music could be such fun', speaks volumes for the quality of the workshop.

It could also be applied to the quality of the evening's concert, which positively danced along, as did the performers - almost. We were transported from the 19th century (magisterial, stately and gracious), by way of Debussy's familiar and charming Petite Suite, to the tango through the 20th century by the Argentinian composer, Astor Piazolla (smiles and foot-tapping all round). Scotland's own world-renowned James MacMillan was also represented in his 'Untold'. Reputedly one of the most easily accessible of 21st century composers, this piece would repay further listening, but ended on a truly sensitive and tender note. The finale, 'Klezmer Wedding', was initially appropriately solemn, but tempo and dynamics built to bring the whole evening to a splendidly climactic end.

Another 'Well done' to Torridon Arts and Culture Group.

Torridon News (February 2010 by Glyn Meredith)
Many of you will have enjoyed the wonderful evening of Essential Scottish Opera recently. Torridon Arts and Culture arranged this visit and a large number of people took advantage of seeing and hearing these four very talented young opera singers perform in our village hall. The rare opportunity to experience opera performed in such an intimate setting is one not to be missed and we hope they will be back again soon.

We are delighted to say that the Torridon Stores will be reopened in March complete with a new cafe enjoying spectacular views of the loch. Whilst putting the final touches to the shop Jo has opened the cafe for teas, coffees and home baking and will be very pleased to see you.

The popular craft days begin on Mon March 8th 10am - 4pm and pasta making will be demonstrated in addition to needlecraft projects. The day costs 5 and includes lunch - everyone welcome - no skills required. Tel Glyn on 01445 791270 for more information.

Regular whist drives in Torridon Hall have resumed fortnightly and the next one is Wed 3rd March at 7.30pm.

Food and craft market days are planned in the summer months to raise funds for the community hall. These will begin on Friday 2nd July 10am - 4pm. For further information tel Glyn on 01445791270.

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