Published: 08/12/2015 11:15 - Updated: 08/12/2015 17:21

A Truly Terrible charity show

The Truly Terrible Orchestra performing at Brodie Castle.
The Truly Terrible Orchestra performing at Brodie Castle.

IT is time for Inverness’s Truly Terrible Orchestra to inflict their music on their long-suffering audience at their annual charity Christmas Concert on Tuesday December 15.

This family event, which takes place at 7.30pm in the Drumossie Hotel on the outskirts of Inverness, has proved a hit with Inverness audiences for the last five years, despite the ensemble’s name.

This year’s concert, led by new musical director John Brozovsky, will feature music from Bizet to the Muppets along with festive pieces and carols arranged especially for the occasion.

All the hard work is not left to the orchestra, however.

Audience members will be encouraged to bring along their own instruments to join in with the musical mayhem.

Founded by Anni Cole-Hamilton in 2006 to give "lapsed" amateur musicians from the Inverness and Moray Firth area an opportunity to play together and for the braver members of the public, the TTO rehearses on Tuesday evenings in Fairways Golf Club.

As well as performing in their annual Charity Christmas concert every December, the TTO have performed at the Belladrum Festival and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations at Brodie Castle in 2012, and in 2010 they were even awarded the Laoureux Challenge Trophy at the Inverness Music Festival.

Over the last five years the TTO have raised thousands of pounds for local charities and this year’s concert proceeds are being donated to the Highland Hospice.

Tickets (£8 suggested donation) are available from the Music Shop, 27 Church St, Inverness and TTO members.

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