Music in Peebles has a hard act to follow this year having enjoyed its most successful season in its 67 year history last season, with record membership and attendances.
Performing this season will be some world-famous names, as well as some of the very finest of the new generation of young musicians.
There’s also a distinctive Scottish strand to the season, with four concerts featuring musicians or composers from Scotland.
The season is framed by two of today’s foremost young string quartets, the Gildas Quartet (previous winners of the prestigious Tunnell Trust Award) and the Maxwell Quartet (four outstanding Scottish string players, led by Peebles violinist Colin Scobie. The quartet will be playing music by Ronald Stevenson, who lives in West Linton).
Two of the UK’s leading pianists, Martin Roscoe and Benjamin Frith, appear in consecutive concerts, the latter with his celebrated piano quartet. There are also two exciting string and piano duos, Naomi Pavri (cellist of the Scottish Ensemble) with husband Fali and later, the phenomenal young violinist Chloe Hanslip with Danny Driver.
Completing the line-up, there is a real treat for fans of wind music, with a concert by the 13-strong Scottish Wind Ensemble.
The music ranges from the 18th century to contemporary and includes established masterpieces by Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms alongside recent works by Scottish-based composers James MacMillan, Sally Beamish and Ronald Stevenson.
Sure to be highlights are Schubert’s final piano sonata and string quartet, both among the finest in the entire repertoire. There’s also an intriguing piece by Kolkata-born John Mayer, based on Indian ragas. Truly, something to interest and stimulate everyone!
You can find full details of the concerts by picking up a leaflet from the Eastgate Theatre, or by visiting www.musicinpeebles.org.uk. The concerts are open to all; tickets are available by calling 01721 725777 or online at www.eastgatearts.com, and cost £14 (£7 for an adult accompanying a child under 12). Admission is free for school students.