Brechin inspired waltz goes on show

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Ahead of the forthcoming talk about the life and work of Catherine Hollingworth OBE on Tuesday, a member of the public has come forward with a fascinating piece of local history.

Catherine’s father, James, was an active participant in local choral, opera and church activities. The museum staff were delighted to be presented with the sheet music for ‘The City Waltz’ written by James Hollingworth about his adopted home. With the plans for an exhibition about Catherine already at an advanced stage it will be added to other artefacts about the Hollingworth family.

Gill Tough and fellow museum employees were made aware of the sheet music and hope that locals who knew the family, and are interested to find out more, will visit the museum. Staff have been collating the exhibition and members of the public are always generous in popping in and providing valuable information.

Steve Nicoll, who is giving the talk, said: “We always knew that Catherine came from a musical family and that she was interested in drama from an early age. Her father and uncle were well known in almost every aspect of the local music scene and it is fascinating to discover sheet music written specifically for Brechin by her father.

“Now that we have the sheet music we plan to incorporate it into the talk. Local musician, Isobel Luke, has agreed to play the piece for us and we are all excited at hearing it in the upstairs gallery.

“I would also like to thank everyone who has responded to the requests for information about Catherine and her life. I have been overwhelmed by the response and it has been of enormous assistance in preparing the talk. Not only was Catherine a unique individual but the maternal line of her family tree, the Inglis, have an absolutely fascinating story to tell. We are hoping that we can be as well supported as we have in the past and look forward to welcoming everyone to the talk.”

In addition to the talk about Catherine Hollingworth OBE, museum staff have arranged a follow on talk about Drama in Schools by Anne H Valyo for Saturday, September 29. The talk starts at 2pm, entry is free and refreshments provided.