As the days grow shorter and the nights darken even more we have a new year to look forward to – with plenty of new experiences to be had. With this in mind, let us take a look at the pick of events happening during the month of January in St Andrews and the surrounding area – there is sure to be something of interest for everyone to take away the January blues!
A great way to explore the surrounding area and sample local produce The St Andrews Farmers’ market, which takes place on the first Saturday of the month; 7th January being the first one of 2017. Starting at 9am and running until 1pm, the market is located on the North Car Park on Argyle Street. Whilst the market certainly isn’t the biggest, it does have plenty to offer the discerning shopper, with a wide selection of stalls offering fresh meat, fish dairy, fruit and vegetables, baked goods, confectionery, preserves, and beverages. If you are not sure what you are looking for, then do ask, as the stallholders are passionate about their produce and more than happy to help. You might even see a cookery demonstration or 2!
Music lovers everywhere
Whatever your preferred genre of music, St Andrews have a veritable musical feast to offer in January. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra is performing New Year in Vienna on the 4th January at the Younger Hall on North Street (KY16 9AJ). The performance begins at 19.30 and tickets, which should be purchased in advance, start at £20 with a concession rate of just £5 for under 18’s. The programme is sure to delight any classical music lover with pieces from J Strauss II, E Strauss, Stolz, Lehar and Wauldteufel – a wonderful arrangement of waltzes and polkas that will put a real skip in your step.
Opera lovers may be interested in the Met Encore’s stunning production of Verdi’s Nabucco featuring legendary baritone Plácido Domingo, which takes place on 8th January. With tickets starting at £18.50 for adults and £14 for children the performance, which lasts a little over 3 hours, will take place at the Byre Theatre on Abbey Street (KY16 9LA).
If Jazz is more your thing then be sure to check out Early Evening Jazz at Mitchell’s, 110-112 Market Street (KY16 2PB) on 22nd January starting at 18.00.
Art and Artists
There are several art exhibitions during January that are worthy of a mention. The first is the One World: Exploring Cultures across Continents exhibition at the MUSA 7a The Scores (KY16 9AR). Running rom14th January until 19th February the exhibition explores the stories and objects of people all over the world and how different cultures respond to the world around them
St Andrews Museum, Kinburn Park, Doubledykes Road (KY16 9DP) are exhibiting the work of Jasleen Kaur, a Scottish Indian artist; exhibits include sculptural works and a series of short films which explore the artist’s dual heritage. The exhibition, which runs from 3rd December to 25th February, is open Wednesday to Saturday 10.30-16.00 and entry is free.
There’s no better place than St. Andrews to inject a little culture and excitement into what promises to be a busy January. Why not try to make it a new year’s resolution to attend a new event a month – you’ll have plenty to look back on at the end of 2017!