Clarinet quartet in Cameo at Mellerstain

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After a short summer break, the Borders Music and Arts Society’s season of classical music resumes next Thursday, August 20, at 7.30pm, when The Cameo Clarinet Quartet will perform in the Music Room at Mellerstain House.

The programme begins with the well-known Variations on a Theme of Paganini, followed by pieces depicting the development of the tango by the Argentinean composer Astor Piazzolla and arrangements of songs by George Gershwin.

After the interval come two pieces by the Scottish composer Eddie McGuire written specifically for clarinets. This is followed by a clarinet quartet written by the French composer Pierre Max Dubois, and the recital concludes with the Klezmer Suite by the Dutch clarinettist Coen Wolfgram.

This programme presents music, technically challenging, but also very lyrical, much of which is not commonly heard.

The four young clarinettists, three of whom are native Scots, are all resident and playing in orchestras in Scotland and all are very involved in developing music appreciation in schools and colleges.

For further information and application for tickets, please contact the concert secretary, Isobel Lafferty, on 01835 864153. Tickets cost £13.50 for members and £17.50 for non-members – under-18s are half price.

Supper – a finger buffet, fruit, wine and soft drinks – at the close of the recital, with the opportunity to meet the artistes, is optional, but must be pre-booked and costs £7.50 per person.

Full details of the society’s summer programme can be viewed on the its website at www.bordersmusicandartssociety.co.uk