Sinfonia welcome Clough

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BERWICK flautist Diana Clough headlines Yetholm Sinfonia’s ninth concert of 2011 this Saturday in Kelso Old Parish Church.

Diana has recently moved up from Yorkshire and will play Mozart’s charming Andante in C.

The programme includes two interesting and rarely heard overtures. Camacho’s Wedding by Mendelssohn and Weber’s Jubilee – which has an unexpected sting in its tail – as well as Beethoven’s genial first symphony.

But the hit of the evening will undoubtedly be the final work, Monkchester Dances.

Monkchester was the old name for Newcastle, and this piece consists of six very well-known Geordie tunes, brilliantly and wittily arranged by the late Wilfred Josephs.

Sinfonia conductor Geoffrey Emerson added: “You might think that you don’t know anything by him – that is until you realise that his work includes the incidental music for television shows such as I, Claudius and The Prisoner.

“And his work for film includes My Side of the Mountain, Cider with Rosie, Swallows and Amazons and All Creatures Great and Small.”

Tickets are priced at £7 (Sinfonia Friends £5, students free) and are on sale in Kelso at Latimer’s Book Shop, Oven Wynd, and Hector Innes Photography, or by phoning 01573 420279.