Whats On at the Macphail


Highland Chamber Orchestra

Concert on 2nd September

Macphail Theatre, 7.30 pm

Tickets £10 (£8 concession/£1 children) at the door or from Macphail centre 

or in advance from The HCO by e-mail: highlandchamberorchestThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Conductor Susie Dingle

   with Rob Farmer solo horn



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About Robert Farmer:

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After graduation he divided his time between teaching and freelance playing. Ensembles included the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Australian Wind Orchestra, the Australian Chamber Opera Orchestra, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and Tasmania Brass. Rob conducted the Glenorchy City Concert Brass Junior and Senior Bands as well as the Derwent Symphony Orchestra which presented the Tasmanian premiere of Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony.

Since migrating to Scotland in 2001, he has taught brass and wind instruments with the Argyll and Bute council on Islay and in Campbeltown and, for the last 13 years, worked as a brass specialist for the Highland Council. Rob founded and led the Highland Youth Big Band for 11 years and has conducted the Inverness Schools Wind Band for the last 7 years.

With his French Horn Rob considers himself very lucky to have studied with and absorbed skills from diverse players such as Wendy Ritchie (Symphonisches-Orchester Berlin), Lizzie Davis (Manchester Camerata), Jouni Suuronen (Tampere Filharmonia) and Fergus McWilliam (Berlin Philharmonic).

A very active musician in the Scottish classical music scene Rob has played with numerous orchestras including the Mahler Players, Aberdeen Sinfonietta, Inverness Choral, Inverness Opera, Starlight Opera, Cromarty Youth Opera, Culbin Singers and the Highland Chamber Orchestra. He continues to freelance in most genres of music and has occasionally been seen armed with a different piece of metal. He has even played for Queen Elizabeth II and her consort in a Royal Command Performance of ‘Les Miserables’ at Gordonstoun School.

Rob lives on the windy shores of Loch Ness with his Violinnist/Clarinettist/Australian wife Rachel and their two demanding cats, Keiko and Chloe.








Tuesday 19th September

6:30PM Macphail Theatre

Family show suitable 5+ 

£6 Adult / £4 Child 


One Man Shoe, is a delightful show for children and families, performed by Jango Starr. When the headline act fails to show up, Jango, a bumbling theatre caretaker, is suddenly thrust into the limelight and embarks on a hilarious journey of highly crafted and heart-felt silent comedy, as he magically finds his way to realise his dream of transforming into a star!  Directed byGerry Mulgrew, designed by Becky Minto with original music byPhilip Pinsky. Jango Starr’s unique style of silent physical theatre includes contemporary circus clowning, slapstick comedy, puppetry, juggling and absurd magic, bringing laughter and joy to all ages! www.onemanshoe.uk Produced by SC²ENE (sc2ene.com)






Rocket Post Workshop

Monday 25 September


Join the Rocketeer Scientists and help build a new rocket that will take your letters on a very special journey. Bring the kids, the parents, the grans and grandpas, the aunts and uncles - in fact, bring the whole family - for these exciting and creative family workshops. To book your space, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. once you have bought your tickets for the Rocket Post performance. Suitable for everyone aged 6+. Spaces are limited so will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Rocket Post

Tuesday 26th September


Family show suitable for age 6+ Tickets from link below


£6 / £4

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Based on a true story.

July, 1934. The Western Isles. A small crowd stand on a beach and watch in amazement. Eccentric German scientist Gerhard Zucker tells them he wants to bring the world together. The future is about communication. The future is about connection. The future is… ROCKETS!

Specifically, a Rocket packed full of letters to send from Scarp to Harris. The crowd gasp as he lights the fuse and the rocket lifts up into the sky and then… explodes.

His vision for the bright new future of communication disintegrates into thousands of tiny pieces that fall through the sky like snow. Mission fail. Return to sender. Back to the drawing board Gerhard. He has three days to turn his luck around. Will he make his rockets fly? Will he bring people together?

A fantastically fun new show for everyone aged six and over, Rocket Post is a raucous mix of songs and storytelling. Full of humour, heart and hope for the future, it’s a tale of miscommunication, vaulting ambition and the joyous discoveries that happen when everything goes wrong.

Written and directed by Lewis Hetherington
with collaborators Ailie Cohen, MJ McCarthy and Kane Husbands.
Presented by National Theatre of Scotland.








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