Wind trio out to prove they’re not full of hot air

HAWICK Music Live! is promising an unusual combination of instruments at its February concert.

Following its January concert of Jim Letham and Andrew Sherwood, regarded as one of the society’s best, the Teviotdale group this month present Arunda Wind Trio.

Made up of Sarah Cruickshank (oboe), Jenny Stephenson (clarinet) and Anna Mary Lynch (bassoon), the ensemble are recent graduates from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) – now known as the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – as well as RCM London and CRR de Marseille.

Originally from Edinburgh, Jenny has performed with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Scottish Ballet and Scottish Opera.

During Anna Mary’s time at the RSAMD, she won three apprenticeship schemes with a trio of Scottish orchestras.

She performed at the BBC Proms in 2010, and was recorded live on BBC Radio 3 for a pre-prom concert series.

Sarah won a series of prizes while studying at RSAMD and is also a founding member of title-winning group Quintet Zambra, who have performed for the Duke of Edinburgh.

Gordon Macdonald of Hawick Music Live! said: “They are passionate about promoting a diverse range of music for wind trio, who are constantly exploring new repertoire.

“As well as being passionate about chamber music, the members of the trio are dedicated orchestral players who play regularly with our leading Scottish orchestras. Such is their versatility they can also be found taking to the stage in Musical Theatre, or recording for bands such as Belle and Sebastian.”

Included in their programme is a Divertissement by Mozart, Bizet’s Carmen Suite, an intriguing Carry on Bach, a Marriage Waltz, and then to France with Jacques Leclair’s Le Petitie Patisserie.

The concert on Sunday, February 24, starts at 2.30pm at Tower Mill; tickets priced £10 (students £2) – phone 01450 360688.