Sounds of Schubert come to Kelso

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The Benyounes Quartet, a young foursome who have been climbing the musical success ladder in recent years, will play Kelso Old Parish Church on Sunday (November 23).

This is the fourth concert of the season from the Kelso Music Society and will also feature the cellist, Philip Higham, to perform one of Schubert’s greatest works, the Quintet in C, written, along with the D960 piano sonata that Martin Roscoe played at the same venue in October.

Higham is truly one of the finest cellists of his generation and has played for Kelso Music Society on several occasions. Anyone who heard his performances would be unlikely to forget. The Quintet, for anyone who has not heard it, is one of the most powerful and moving works in the classical repertoire. The programme will also include quartets by Haydn and the great Czech female composer, Viteslava Kapralova.

Kelso Music Society has moved into the Kelso Old Parish Church on a permanent basis. With the wonderful acoustics there, the first three concerts reached new levels, the piano has more strength and clarity and the music comes over with a whole new force. The last concert with the voices of two great opera stars ringing round the eaves was quite sensational.

Kelso Old is undergoing developmental changes over the next two years to provide more comfortable accommodation for concert and theatrical programmes, as well as for church services.

The chancel has been strengthened and renewed in wood to accommodate the Society’s fine Steinway grand piano. Pews will be removed in due course from the chancel area and from the body of the church to allow for orchestral and choral programmes to give the whole nave area more flexibility and to allow greater ease of movement around the church.

When it is finished, Kelso will have not only a beautiful church for prayer and contemplation, but the finest concert hall in the Borders.

The church will take on a new life and the cultural and ecclesiastical opportunities that will be opened up are quite thrilling. The Kelso Music Society is excited to be a part of this and already their concerts are attracting larger numbers and a hugely enthusiastic response.

The concert begins at 7.30pm.