A night of viol music

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THE Scottish Borders UNICEF Group host the Squair Mile Consort of Viols next month in the spectacular setting of Mellerstain House.

Formed in 1992, the consort regularly give concerts in Edinburgh, Glasgow and further afield in Scotland.

The ensemble is dedicated to the music of the late 16th and 17th century, composed for the viola da gamba – a stringed musical family of instruments from the 15th century.

Kenneth Henderson, chairperson of the UNICEF group said: “The consort also seek to promote the brilliant potential of modern music composed specifically for the viol and perform with soprano Rosie Sweetnam, who we are also delighted to welcome along with the consort.”

Also joining the concert will be Ailsa Aitkenhead (piano) and Carla Chiappa (soprano), who played for The Scottish Borders UNICEF group two years ago in Kelso, when it invited talented young artists from the Borders to perform at a concert.

Silent bidding for a painting donated by Carol Norris MBE, a semi-retired Borders General Hospital consultant, entitled The Human Bridge – The Lifeboat Rescue is being invited during the evening.

The concert takes place on Thursday, November 22, commencing with a wine reception at 7pm. Tickets are £20, in aid of UNICEF, and includes a buffet supper.

For ticket details email kennethhenderson420@btinternet.com or marilyn@seachange.plus.com