Gina and Nigel open Melrose season

GINA McCormack and Nigel Clayton will feature in the opening concert of Melrose Music Society’s new season.

The pair will give a performance of works for violin and piano of Beethoven, Brahms, Edward Elgar and William Walton.

Oliver Eade of Melrose Music Society said: “Beethoven’s magnificent early period Sonata in D Major, Op. 12, No.1 will be followed by Walton’s Sonata with its lyrical first movement, after which Gina and Nigel play three melodious Elgar pieces: Salut d’Amour, La Capricieuse and Chanson du Matin.

“The concert finishes with one of Brahm’s greatest and most dramatic chamber works, his Sonata No3 in D Minor, Op. 108.”

Gina McCormack is a regular in the Borders.

A double prize-winner, she has performed at venues and festivals across the country and in Europe, has played in a string quartet for the BBC.

She is now teaching at the Royal Conservatoire Scotland in Glasgow.

Nigel studied at the Royal College of Music, London, where he won prizes in every category of piano performance.

Having performed world-wide, including regular trips to Japan, he has formed long-standing recital partnerships with Gina and other instrumentalists.

He is also a principal piano teacher in the North East of Scotland Music School in Aberdeen and a professor at the Royal College of Music.

The concert on Friday, September 21, begins at 8pm in Melrose Parish Church hall and tickets are £12 on the door, with accompanied children free.