Welcome to Septembayr 2015 – the Ayr Festival.

As outgoing chair of the festival it gives me great pleasure to introduce this year’s programme.

The organising committee are a group of dedicated volunteers who meet monthly all-year-round to bring something different to the culture calendar in Ayr. This year one major highlight is an evening with astronomers Dr Heather Couper CBE and Nigel Henbest who bring to Ayr their programme The Secret Life of Space.  They are great communicators keen to explain science to a wider public.

With community help from Ayr Film Society, there is quite an emphasis on film this year.  Ayr Town Hall boasts a very fine Lewis pipe organ, baby brother to the Lewis in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and there are weekly lunchtime concerts arranged through Fort, Seafield and Wallacetoun Community Council.  An innovation is bringing film and organ together for the silent movie Speedy with live accompaniment provided by the inimitable Gordon Cree.  At St Columba Parish Church, the distinguished Kirklees Borough Organist Gordon Stewart, who was born in Dundee, is sure to attract an enthusiastic crowd.

The film project Reach for the Skies with the involvement of primary school pupils, is scheduled for recording over the summer holidays.  Go along to support the new generation with their film premiere!

A to Z of Ayr in photographs has involved volunteers from the OIR Tuesday Photographic Group.  See whether you agree with their selection.  I’m sure some letters will have been very difficult to illustrate!
With complementary events in the famous Ayr Gaiety Theatre, there should be something for everyone this year.  Watch out for the third part of Kelly Craig’s hilarious trilogy Boschemian Matrimony, the young people who feature in The Wizard of Oz, and Scottish Opera’s touring production of Così fan tutte.

You can be sure there is something to suit all tastes and I would urge you to please support our community efforts as much as you are able. I wish the Festival all the very best for the future and look forward to seeing next year’s delights!

Corri Wilson, Chair of Septembayr