Society’s success

The Borders Music and Arts Society are looking forward to their two autumn performances after a successful midsummer concert with Timothy Orpen (clarinet) and Alison Farr (piano), writes Graham Watt.

Orpen has previously given recitals in Singapore, New Zealand and Australia, and has performed in the Wigmore Hall, while Farr won the piano section of the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 1998. Since then she has performed throughout the UK, France and US, gaining further honours.

They treated the society to a varied programme, starting with a sonata by Poulenc, premiered in 1963 by Benny Goodman and Leonard Bernstein.

Then Orpen played a piece composed in 1993 by Widmarur, backing his conviction that it is important to play new music alongside established repertoire.

Here there was a strong jazz influence. To follow, the duo played Five Bagatelles by Finzi, a lovely melodious piece which is wistful English music at its best.

Brahms was next, a sonata in E flat major, which is one of the great pieces for this combination.

To finish there was a grand duo by Weber which was a fiery and extrovert piece for virtuoso clarinet and piano.

The next concert at Mellerstain is on September 29, when a trio will play Haydn, Liszt and Shostakovich.

The last concert of the year is currently scheduled for November 4 when Will Oinn (oboe) will play a varied programme including Saint-Saens, Bach, Schumann and Debussy.

For further details, visit www.mellerstain.com or phone Kathy Carroll on 01835 864120.