Skittles on Melrose music menu

Calum Robertson, clarinettist, John Bryden, pianist, Matthew Soutar, viola player.
Calum Robertson, clarinettist, John Bryden, pianist, Matthew Soutar, viola player.

Pianist John Bryden will perform in Melrose Parish Church Hall with clarinetist Calum Robertson and viola player Matthew Souter.

The trio will play Mozart’s ‘Kegelstatt’ Trio in E Flat, K 498, for Melrose Music Society on Sunday, January 12, at 2.30pm.

“Whether composed while Mozart was playing ‘skittles’ (‘Kegelgstatt’ means skittles), as Mozart claimed for his duos for basset horns, we’ll never know, but this beautiful three movement piece is certain to delight the audience,” writes the society’s Oliver Eade.

The programme also includes Brahms’ magnificent Sonata for viola and piano in F minor in four movements, four ‘Romantic Pieces’ by Bruch, and a Miniature Suite for viola and clarinet composed by Gordon Jacob: an English composer of the last century, best known for his writing for wind instruments.

Bryden, a local but internationally-renowned pianist, will be remembered for his masterly performances of Bach’s preludes and Fugues, The Well-Tempered Piano. Tickets £12 at the door. Accompanied children free.