Brodsky spin the wheel for 40th birthday celebrations

A WORLD-renowned chamber group have been inspired by a TV gameshow to help celebrate its 40th birthday.

The Brodsky Quartet will have no set programme for its concert at the Eastgate Theatre on Wednesday.

Instead, a specially designed wheel – entitled the Wheel of 4Tunes – will be used to select four pieces to be played from 40 of the quartet’s favourite works, including familiar masterpieces, along with some less familiar discoveries.

The quartet will have the music for all 40 pieces at their feet throughout the concert and will play each as it is chosen. They will also talk about the music before playing it and will answer questions from the audience.

John Fox, president of Music in Peebles, who are hosting the event, said: “This will be a unique event, including not only memorable performances, but also the opportunity to gain an insight into the history of this outstanding group.”

The concert will also be a celebration for Music in Peebles, at it opens its 66th season.

John added: “The Brodsky Quartet is one of the finest around.

“It has long been at the forefront of the international chamber music scene, has given more than 2,000 performances and has an award-winning discography of over 50 recordings.

“As well as their celebrated performances of the mainstream repertoire, the Brodskys are known for their exploration of less familiar works and for their collaborations across genres, ranging from Elvis Costello and Björk to Django Bates and Dave Brubeck.”

The concert starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £13 by phoning 01721 725777.

However, entry is free for school students and members of Music in Peebles.

There is still time to join Music in Peebles for the new season and enjoy the benefits of membership.

For £60, members enjoy all eight concerts in its season, with a seat reserved in advance.

For details of membership, and of all its concerts, pick up a leaflet at the Eastgate, visit the website (musicinpeebles.org.uk) or contact our membership secretary Tony Bell on 01721 722788.