Harpist back on home ground

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PEEBLES musician Esther Swift returns to her home town 
with three fellow harpists tomorrow.

The quartet are all students from the Royal Northern College of Music and will give a performance at the Eastgate Theatre of Esther’s composition Clouds, which has been described as “delicate and beautiful and just right for a winter’s evening”.

Earlier this year, Esther released Northern Quarter as one half of Twelfth Night.

Esther worked with Catriona Price from Orkney, another student of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, and the album was inspired by the city’s cultural district.

Playing a mixture of traditional and self-penned tunes and songs, the duo have entertained audiences at folk festivals and venues across the UK.

Two years ago, Twelfth Day had a successful tour of Scotland, playing in venues including the Eastgate Theatre and Ullapool.

Last year, the pair made a trip to the Orkney Folk Festival while one of their tracks was selected by Channel 4 to be used in a short film by the makers of the hit show Skins.

Twelfth Night played again at Eastgate Theatre to promote Northern Quarter this summer, along with dates at the Toulouse Festival in France and Aberdeen International Youth Festival.

Tickets for tomorrow’s concert (7.30pm) cost £10 (£8 concessions) and are available by phoning 01721 725777.