Expect the unexpected at violinist magician Bingham’s diverse Peebles concert

Steve Bingham in concert in Peebles on Tuesday
Steve Bingham in concert in Peebles on Tuesday

“VIOLIN, but not as you know it.”

That is the intriguing description Steve Bingham provides ahead of his Music in Peebles concert this Tuesday.

In its conventional acoustic form the violin is familiar to many a concert, either on its own, with a piano or in trios, quartets and a variety of other ensembles.

Here, though, it rubs shoulders with its modern electric cousin.

Steve is renowned as a soloist, quartet leader – the Bingham Quartet, which he founded in 1985, is one of the foremost in the UK – and a guest orchestral leader, a role in which he has appeared with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

In recent years, he has developed interests in improvisation, world music and electronics, and it is the latter that will be particularly on show in Peebles.

Explaining what is in store, MiP president John Fox said: “In his performance, Steve plays the violin in both its acoustic and electric forms. He also uses live looping techniques to record passages in real time as he plays them, and then controls the playback of these while he continues to play a different line along with the recordings.

“In this way, he builds up layers of violin sound before the audience’s eyes and ears and it is all done live – nothing is pre-recorded.

“So if you were wondering how one musician can play Pachelbel’s famous Canon in D, which is on Steve’s programme for Peebles, now you know!”

As well as the Pachelbel, the programme includes music by Telemann and JS Bach representing the baroque era, while Philip Glass and Michael Nyman will bring the audience up to the present day.

Along the way, there will be Norwegian folk music, George Harrison, Astor Piazzola and Bob Dylan, as well as a composition by Steve himself.

Visit www.musicinpeebles.org.uk for more information on the Eastgate Theatre concert, which starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £13 and can be bought by phoning 01721 725777. Admission is free for school students.