Kelso and Oxnam add up to weekend of Schubert

Alasdair Beatson will be at Kelso Music Society next weekend
Alasdair Beatson will be at Kelso Music Society next weekend

A WEEKEND of Schubert’s music will be heard in Kelso and Oxnam next weekend.

Kelso Music Society have two concerts including the Trout piano quintet and the Austrian composer will be featured by the Cheviot Ensemble charity show at Oxnam Kirk.

Mozart, Beethoven and Debussy will also be included by the ensemble, made up of top viola player Gina McCormack of Galashiels, Lis Dooner who plays flute with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Steve Tees.

The concert, on Saturday, March 24, is being held to raise money for the Rethink Mental Illness charity .

Tickets cost £7.50 for the 7.30pm start, and can be bought by phoning 01835 830650 or www.justgiving.com/Chris-Strickland-Marathon-2012

For the Kelso shows, Peter Podmore of the society said: “It was through watching a famous film of Daniel Barenboim, Jacqueline du Pre, Pinchas Zuckerman, Itzhak Perlman and Zubin Mehta, the most brilliant young artists of their day, rehearsing and playing the Trout piano quintet, Schubert’s great early work, that I wondered if it would be possible to find a similar group of exceptional young artists to come to Kelso and build a programme around them.

“I contacted Sue Hudson of the Young Concert Artist’s Trust (YCAT), and she came up with an outstanding group.”

The musicians include Philip Higham, Bartosz Woroch, Simone van der Giessen, Graham Mitchell and Alasdair Beatson, well known in the Borders as a pianist.

The first concert on Friday, March 23 (7.45pm) is devoted mainly to the works of Schubert, and at the second, on Sunday, March 25 (3pm) Beatson, Higham and Woroch will play Schubert’s B-flat piano trio.

Before the Friday show, the society will hold its AGM at 7pm which everyone is invited to attend.

The concerts are at Kelso High School and tickets cost £12. Phone 01668 216550 or visit www.kelsomusicsociety.com for more information*