Triple whammy as young musicians bring unusual twist to Hawick concert

YOUNG Scottish musicians Trio Ecossaise entertain Hawick Music Club in the Tower Mill this Sunday, writes Kenny Paterson.

Jennifer Brown, clarinet, Harriet Davidson, cello, and Claire Haslin, piano formed in 2001 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and have performed extensively throughout Scotland ever since.

Their programme for Sunday afternoon includes two well-known clarinet trios – Kegelstaff Trio by Mozart, and the Clarinet Trio by Brahms, which is described as the cornerstone of the clarinet trio repertoire.

Gordon Macdonald, president of the music club, said: “In this piece Brahms treats the clarinet with an equal voice alongside the piano and cello, and it often assumes an accompanying role to the soaring cello melodies or shadows the piano line. As a contrast to these pieces, Harriet Davidson and Claire Haslin will perform the hauntingly, beautiful Elegie for cello and piano by the French composer Gabriel Fauré.

“Also included in their programme is a trio by the Italian composer Nino Rota, better known for this film scores, especially The Godfather.

“This trio is a lively, rhythmical work with a beautiful lyrical and flowing slow movement.”

Mr Macdonald added: “This programme at first sight may appear to be unusual; nevertheless, one reviewer announced that Trio Ecossaise brought to the concert ‘a ray of sunshine’.

“These contrasting pieces will provide a kaleidoscope of different sounds and textures performed by three young, high calibre musicians. This is a rare opportunity, not only to hear but to also see, and enjoy the stage personality of Trio Ecossaise.”

Tickets, £10 (students £2), are available at www.thebooth.co.uk, phone 01450 360688, at the Tower Mill and on the afternoon of the concert.