Ukrainian nightingale sings in Kelvingrove

March 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Something out of the ordinary will take place in the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on Sunday 18 March at 3pm.

During the concert on that day a song composed by the father of Russian classical music, Mikhail Glinka, will be sung by pupils from Glasgow Russian School who are members of the new Singing Studio there.

Glinka wrote the song using a poem entitled ‘The Nightingale’ by a local poet when he was a guest on the estate of his friends the Tarnovskys. Their estate was Kachanovka, in the Ukraine.

The current representative of the Tarnovsky family, and former owner of the estate, Mrs Tanya Hine, OBE, lives in Bearsden, and will be at the concert with members of her family. Mrs Hine will hear the song written on her family’s estate performed in Russian by schoolchildren of Russian heritage along with Russkaya Cappella, the adult Scottish choir that sings Russian music.

Said Svetlana Zvereva, co – director of Russkaya Cappella: ‘It’s remarkable that Scotland now has enough children to form a children’s choir singing in Russian. Sometimes the children are of

purely Russian parentage or have one parent from one of the republics of the former Soviet Union. Whatever their background, these children now have the chance, through the Glasgow Russian School, of preserving their Russian cultural heritage, including its musical component.This is also enriching Scotland’s artistic traditions.’

Picture shows children of the Glasgow Russian School’s Singing Studio in rehearsal.

Rodeo round-up by vet students

March 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Duck herding could be one of the entertainments at the Rodeo

The rodeo is coming to town on Saturday 14 April at the Glasgow Vet School Campus, 464 Bearsden Road, Glasgow, G61 1QH. Organised by second year students of Glasgow University Veterinary Medicine Association, the popular event attracted 3000 people last year and raised £15,000 for charities. This year will be the 52nd rodeo and will mark the 150th year of the Vet School. (For more information on 150th celebration see: –

The beneficiaries from this year’s fund-raising will be: Scottish SPCA, Canine Partners, Riding for the Disabled and the Vet School Fund.

Since October the valiant band has been planning the charity day. They’ve received sponsorship from Burns Pet Food, Pets4 Vets; Les Ramblas Restaurant, Pet Crematorium and other companies. The committee and first year students played their part last month by bag packing in various large stores in Bearsden, Knightswood, Hillhead and Maryhill. Said their spokeswoman:’We raised money and received a great response from the public.’ They also received an unsolicited commendation for ‘brightening up a dull Saturday grocery shop’ with their yellow t-shirts, good manners and fun.

Companies have donated a wide range of prizes for the raffle, which will be sold by first year students from March until the Rodeo in April. The prizes range from a signed Scottish rugby shirt, family passes to Landmark Park, a Tanglewood TW29 DV acoustic guitar and bag, four club badges to Ayr Race Course, a chain saw sculpture and many dinner and beauty vouchers. To buy tickets at £1 each, contact:

On the Thursday12 April, the committee will stage a Sub crawl for all veterinary students to raise money for the Rodeo and as a final de-stress event prior to their professional exams.

On the day of the Rodeo, attractions will include fun family rides and displays, craft stalls, animal tent, dog show, reptiles and small animals tent.

Bully-off with da Vinci expert

October 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The world’s leading authority on Leonardo da Vinci comes home to Glasgow to share his latest findings.

Martin Kemp, Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at Oxford University, is combining his latest work with one of his great passions, hockey, in a bid to raise the profile of both.

For one night only, Professor Kemp will deliver an exclusive lecture on his latest book, “Christ to Coke: How Images Becomes Icon”. His lecture will discuss two of the most critical discoveries in over one hundred years, Leonardo’s paintings La Bella Principessa and the Salvator Mundi.

The lecture, entitled “Leonardo da Vinci’s Saviour: Art, Icon and Science in the newly discovered painting”, will afford anyone with an interest in art the opportunity to hear a globally recognised authority discuss everything from renaissance art to the cultural logos of today.

A former stylish midfielder who played at Auchenhowie, Milngavie, with Western Hockey Club, Professor Kemp will donate the proceeds of his lecture to the club to assist with the cost of installing a new state of the art artificial hockey pitch.

Professor Kemp’s talk will take place on Friday 11 November at 7.30pm in Bearsden Baptist Church, Roman Road, Bearsden. Tickets cost £8 and can be purchased from Western Hockey Club, Milngavie and Bearsden Sports Club, Auchenhowie Road, Milngavie or by email to

Previously based at St Andrews University and Glasgow University, Martin is a former British Academy Wolfson Research Professor and has held visiting posts in Princeton, New York, North Carolina, Los Angeles, Montreal and Harvard. He has published extensively on Leonardo da Vinci. His most recent book, “Christ to Coke: How Image Becomes Icon”, will be published by Oxford University Press this month.

Martin’s latest book is the first on Leonardo to include two newly discovered works – the most important discoveries in over a hundred years. Kemp has research to substantiate now known origins of these paintings – La Bella Principessa and the Salvator Mundi – to tie in with PR for the extraordinary National Gallery (London) Leonardo exhibition this November.

The famous notebooks are the key to understanding the secret of Leonardo’s success and genius, as they clearly reveal the workings of his mind and display the true innovative and investigative nature of his creative vision. Over 20,000 pages of drawings and notes detail his incredible discoveries and inventions – from the workings of the human eye to designs for flying machines and giant crossbows.

Bringing the story up to the present day, Martin Kemp considers what Leonardo means to us today, investigates the ‘Leonardo industry’, and speculates what he would be doing if he were alive today.

Call to rescue the Riverman

August 24, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Glasgow Humane Society officers George Parsonage and Tony Coia with some of the Society's volunteer lifeguards at the launch of the Riverman Appeal.

The life-saving charity – The Glasgow Humane Society – has launched a £100,000 appeal on its 221st birthday. It needs a new patrol boat and support vehicle as well as equipment to help save the lives of people they rescue from the River Clyde.

Launching the appeal on Tuesday 16 August, Glasgow’s Lord Provost Bob Winter said:’The Glasgow Humane Society is an important and well-loved society to which thousands owe their lives. We owe a big debt of gratitude to their officers and the volunteer lifeguards who patrol the River Clyde and our city’s waterways seven days a week to make them safer for us all.

In the last ten years the Society has saved 201 people and prevented 611 from drowning. So it is with a great sense of pride and purpose that we launch the Riverman Appeal. I hope the people of Glasgow and the business community will respond generously to raise the £100,000 to replace and upgrade the Society’s life-saving equipment.’

Supporting the Lord Provost at the launch was actress Blythe Duff of STV’s Taggart and actor Tom Urie of BBC’s River City drama. Both programmes feature the city and the River.

Donations to the Riverman Appeal can be made by text to 70070 quoting RIVE16 and the amount you wish to donate (for example RIVE16£5) or by paypal through the charity’s website or by cheque or postal order to the Glasgow Humane Society, Glasgow Green, Glasgow G40 1BA

Society Chairman John Park said: ‘This is our first-ever appeal to raise money. The Society still has a big role to play in making the city’s river and waterways safer and in preventing water accidents. We are an ever-present, voluntary resource to the statutory emergency services and always on hand for the hundreds of sports and boat users on the Clyde each week and the many thousands who use the waterway walkways.’

Set up in 1790 with a £200 legacy from local merchant James Coulter the aim was ‘prevention of accidents, rescue and recovery’ of people on the waterways. Drownings in the Clyde were much more common than today.

Affectionately known as “the Riverman” the Society’s officers and volunteer lifeguards have saved thousands of lives.

Since 1889 it has had only three senior officers – George Geddes 2nd (1889 – 1932) Benjamin Parsonage (1928 – 1979) and his son George Parsonage (1979 – till present day). They have passed down their knowledge of the Clyde and the city’s waterways.

Benjamin Parsonage and the Society is highlighted in a special display on the ground floor of the newly opened Riverside Museum. It features “The Bennie”, a river rescue rowing boat designed by Benjamin that will not capsize when rescuing or recovering someone from the water.

George Parsonage, the current Society officer, started at 14 years of age saving lives on the Clyde with father Benjamin. He has saved over 1500 people and recovered over 500 bodies. His rescue work on the Clyde and other waterways has been nationally and internationally recognised.

He is assisted by Antony Coia, who has been in post for five years, and a team of more than 30 volunteer lifeguards.

Apart from rescuing people and recovering bodies the Society personnel also help when floods strike. They have used their knowledge and experience in floods in the city’s East End and in Bearsden and Paisley’s Ferguslie Park.

A registered charity, the Society works closely with all the statutory agencies and local authorities

Gorbals Swimmers Make a Splash for Charity

June 18, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Marie Curie Cancer Research was presented with a cheque for over £4,500 yesterday by Gorbals Leisure Centre.
The money was raised by Gorbals’ locals who took part in a swimathon between 16-19th April.
The participants were praised by Olympic gold medallist Duncan Goodhew MBE, who is the Swimathon Foundation President.
He said: “I would like to congratulate everyone who swam.
“The event was a huge success and thanks to the superb efforts of all the swimmers, we are delighted that Gorbals Leisure Centre raised more money than ever before.”
The swimathon was open to anyone and encouraged people to get involved in an activity which is fun, keeps you fit and lets you meet new people.
Pools across the Scotland got involved in the annual event and Gorbals raised the second highest amount of any pool nationwide.
All the more incredible when you consider the fundraising was led and coordinated by a young and relatively new member of staff.
Culture and Sport employee David Colligan, 23, from Bearsden, was put forward to be in charge of the fundraising, and he dived head first into challenge.
He said: “The program has been running for years, but this was my first time in charge and I really enjoyed it.
“It was quite hard work at times but it has been a great way to get to know everybody here – both staff and the leisure centre users.
“Most peoples’ families in the west of Scotland are affected by cancer at some stage, so I didn’t need any inspiration for this, I just went for it.”
Amanda Dove, Community Fundraiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care, said: “I have to say that David Colligan did a phenomenal job.”