Musicians gather for the second performance of Rob’s Borderland

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SATURDAY sees the second performance of Borderland – the contemporary piece of big band music written by local musician Rob Hall – in the Eastgate Theatre, Peebles.

The concert, which received its premier in Biggar a couple of years ago, is only rarely performed because of the difficulty of bringing together a large number of diverse musicians.

But now it has made it to Peebles and aside from the core players from the Biggar Big Band, the ranks have been swollen with players from Glasgow, Ayr and Edinburgh.

The group includes five saxophonists and, unusually for a big band, a bass clarinet and a French horn, which adds another dimension to the sound.

Rob Hall studied composition and performance jointly at Manchester University and the Northern College of Music.

For the last six years he has lived in Carstairs Junction in South Lanarkshire and plays regularly as a duo with pianist Chick Lyall – the pair releasing their latest CD Blythe Spirit earlier this year.

Rob describes the piece as an orchestral suite, influenced by Celtic and classical music with elements of folk.

Rob added: “The performance is supported by a number of local businesses and also by the newly-formed Upper Tweed Railway Paths Group which is hoping to establish a cycle path along the Biggar to Peebles old railway line.

“The path would create a safe route through the landscape which inspires the Borderland piece.”

Tickets are priced at £8 and Borderland starts at 7.30pm. Telephone 01721 725777 for more details.