Kelso basoonist back in Borders

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CHRISTINA Marroni, originally from Kelso, headlines Hawick Music Club’s last concert of the season this Saturday in the Tower Mill.

Christina started playing bassoon aged 12, and studied at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh for four years before moving to read music at the University of Manchester in 2007.

Currently in the first year of a masters degree in performance at the Royal College of Music in London, earlier this year she won its prestigious concerto competition. Next month she will perform with the college’s symphony orchestra.

Her accompanist for Saturday’s concert is Jim Letham, head of music at Hawick High School.

Gordon Macdonald of the music club said: “The bassoon is usually associated with orchestral playing, but has its own large repertoire, and can create some haunting and mellow tones.

“Christina’s concert will include pieces by Vivaldi, Elgar and Schumann, also bassoon concertos from Mozart and Hummel. It’s very rarely that you will come across a bassoon and piano in concert, but one well worth attending – you’ll be pleasantly surprised.”

The concert begins at 7.30pm, preceded at 6.45pm by the club’s AGM, to which all are welcome.

Tickets, priced £8 (students £2), are available online from www.thebooth.co.uk, phone 01450 360688, Tower Mill box office or on the door on the night.