Kelso Music Society goes east with Pike

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KELSO Music Society visits Vienna and Eastern Europe on Friday, November 1, with Mozart and the great composers of the old Czechoslovakia.

The evening, starting at 7.30pm at Kelso High School, features Dvorak, his son in law Josef Suk, Janacek, and Miklos Rosza, a modern Hungarian composer known for his film music, including The Thief of Baghdad, Spellbound and Ben Hur.

Playing the violin will be Jennifer Pike, who11 years ago, aged 12, was the youngest player ever to have won the BBC Young Musician of the Year.

Following several Proms appearances and three years as one of the elite BBC New Generation artists, she is now launching into a major international career.

“Jennifer is now one of the country’s leading young violinists,” said Kelso Music Society’s Peter Podmore, with a staggering technique and a sound to match.”

Jennifer is accompanied by Tom Poster, who six years ago won the Scottish International Piano Competition and is a fine soloist as well as a sensitive accompanist.

They have a Scottish tour to other music societies such as Biggar, Milngavie and Perth, before making a recording of the music they will be playing at Kelso.

Mr Podmore added: “Following the last concert in which Mark Simpson and Richard Uttley gave a powerful concert of quite demanding music, including a fine piece written by Mark himself, this concert will return us to gentler climes and some delectably romantic music for violin and piano.

“Jennifer’s technique allows her to make the instrument speak to us in a quite remarkable way.”