Golden moment for Melrose music society

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2011 promises to be a golden year for Melrose Music Society which marks its 50th anniversary with an extended and exciting programme of seven concerts.

Embracing an eclectic mix of styles from conventional chamber ensembles to the Ivor Novello Story, the celebrations will kick off in Melrose Parish Church Hall next Friday, September 16, when the evening will be entirely taken up by Schubert’s song cycle Die Winterreise, a setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Muller composed nearly 200 years ago.

The music can pose problems for both singer and accompanist, but, as society regulars are well aware, baritone Ivor Klayman and pianist John Bryden are performers of such high quality they thrive on such challenges.

While both hail from Edinburgh, they have progressed along highly individual paths. Klayman graduated through Savoy Opera leads to roles in operas by Verdi, Rossini and Borodin and is always in demand to sing with regional choral societies.

Bryden, who made his first BBC broadcast at the age of 14, went to Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and later studied with Peter Katin and Claudio Arrau. His performances have taken him around the world and a call on his mobile usually finds him on tour somewhere – unless, of course, he is nearer home teaching music at St Mary’s School in Melrose.

The performance starts at 8pm with a request for the audience to be seated 15 minutes earlier because the concert will be preceded by a candlelit supper from 6 till 6.30pm for which a few tickets remain.

Tickets for the concert, priced £12, can be reserved on 01896 822773.