Key role
for Christina at Peebles

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Peebles Arts Festival celebrates 30 years not out from tomorrow until September 1, and includes a special Music in Peebles concert.

The two groups have links going back to 1983 and to celebrate the milestone Christina Lawrie will star in a performance also dedicated to the 85th birthday of Peeblesshire-based composer Ronald Stevenson and the centenary of the birth of one of the finest composers of the modern age, Benjamin Britten.

John Fox of Music in Peebles said: “Christina Lawrie is an outstanding young Scottish pianist who has already proved a great hit with a Peebles audience.

“She first performed for Music in Peebles in 2009 and her concert then drew the largest attendance of the season and great acclaim from all who heard it.

“Since then, Christina has established herself as one of Scotland’s leading pianists, in solo recitals, in chamber ensembles and as a concerto soloist appearing with, among others, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

“She has also made her debut CD of music by Brahms, Rachmaninov and Carl Vine, and has made a number of broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and, most recently, on BBC Radio Scotland when she previewed her Peebles concert on the Classics Unwrapped programme.”

Lawrie’s programme, entitled Fantasies and Bagatelles, includes Stevenson’s Peter Grimes Fantasy which uses themes from the famous opera by Britten.

The other Fantasies included are by Mozart, Brahms, Rachmaninov and Schubert, while the Bagatelles are by Australian composer Carl Vine.

Christina Lawrie performs at the Eastgate Theatre on Wednesday, with tickets priced £12 or £6 for one adult accompanying a child under 12.

Elsewhere, Peebles favourite choir InChorus will be on song in their home town’s Old Parish Church on Saturday.

“We have added some up-to-date music to our programme including Pink’s Just Give Me a Reason and David Guetta’s Titanium,” said musical director, Andrew Russel.

“Never let it be said that this contemporary choir rests on its laurels. It’s onward and upward.”

Also performing in the Saturday night concert will be The Brambelles – six ladies from InChorus who have branched out to do their own thing, and who are already in demand in their own right.

There will also be the Priorsford Singers from the town’s primary school, who will sing with the choir, and perform some numbers on their own.

The concert begins at 7.30pm and tickets cost £8.50 (£5 schoolchildren) and are available from the Eastgate on 01721 725777.

Also on the music bill is the Border Boogie Band in the Ex-Servicemen’s Club on Saturday, August 31, in place of The Jensen Interceptors who were forced to pull out.

Elsewhere, Innerleithen photographer Graham Riddell will present slides on his work where he describes the thoughts and processes behind the captured image on Thursday, August 29 in the Eastgate.

There is also film and theatre on offer, art, crafts and talks during the nine day event.

For a full programme, visit www.peeblesartsfestival.org