Music to clear seasonal blues

What better way to beat those autumn and winter blues than with some great life-enhancing music? That’s what Music in Peebles has on offer in eight top-quality concerts in the Eastgate Theatre between October and April.

With music spanning six centuries and instruments ranging from the harpsichord to the electric violin, there’s no shortage of variety, and as usual visiting artists include the world-famous alongside some of the most outstanding of today’s young musicians.

The opening concert features the legendary Brodsky Quartet presenting a special gala concert to mark their 40th anniversary.

After that, there’s the first of this season’s young emerging artists, the multi-award-winning Scottish ensemble Pure Brass, with a programme that demonstrates their amazing versatility in music from the renaissance to the Beatles! The final concert of 2012 is a treat for baroque enthusiasts, as Duo Dorado, using their beautifully decorated harpsichord, play familiar and rare works by Vivaldi and others.

To start 2013, Peebles welcomes world-renowned Scottish pianist Steven Osborne in a programme of masterworks by Schubert and Beethoven, followed in February by the Andrews Massey Duo, another in the distinguished line of Tunnell Trust Award winners.

In the first of two concerts in March, violin virtuoso Steve Bingham will play the instrument in familiar acoustic form and also in its electric version, in music ranging from Bach to Michael Nyman.

Later in the month, there’s a chance to hear future opera stars as Song Studio, made up of elite opera students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, bring a programme of songs and operatic arias with the common theme of Magic, Myth and Legend.

The season is brought to an end by distinguished Greek pianist George-Emmanuel Lazaridis with a high-octane programme including Liszt’s Piano Sonata and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

Membership of Music in Peebles includes entry to all eight concerts, and costs £60 for the season, saving £44 compared with single ticket prices – members start to save after only four concerts.

For further details, please pick up a leaflet at the Eastgate (or elsewhere in Peebles and surrounding towns) or contact Tony Bell, membership secretary (01721 722788).

You can find full details of all the concerts and the artists appearing, plus lots of information about Music in Peebles, at www.musicinpeebles.org.uk.