Unique concert pays homage to Hawick son

Highland Cathedral with piper and full symphony orchestra will be featured at a unique charity concert in Hawick next week, in aid of Meningitis Research Foundation.

The concert, involving Somerset County Youth Orchestra and choir, will also feature the first performance in Hawick of a symphonic work, the Solway Symphony, by one of Scotland’s greatest musical sons, Sir John Blackwood McEwen, whose father was minister of East Bank United Presbyterian Church.

JB McEwen became one of Britain’s foremost composers and principal of the Royal Academy of Music in London, but this is the first time one of his pieces will have been performed in his home town.

The choirs will include singers from the Garleton Singers and the Roxburgh Singers, who will join the Somerset County Orchestra in Zadok the Priest – made famous as the anthem for the UEFA Champions League – and Handel’s Alleluia Chorus from the Messiah.

The Lark Ascending, which topped Classic FM’s Hall of Fame 2014, will be played by the orchestra and soloist Tom Greed. With such a lineup this is a concert not to be missed.

This is the Somerset orchestras’ second visit to Scotland. Founded in 1973 and now conducted by Andrew Sherwood, the orchestra has performed all over Europe and was the first orchestra to play in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Profits will be donated to the Meningitis Research Foundation. Meningitis and septicaemia kill more young children in the UK than any other infectious diseases and are most feared by parents, so this is your chance to enjoy a great evening and support this wonderful cause.

Alison Baker, fundraising officer for the charity’s Scotland office said: “Every penny raised from this superb concert will allow us to continue our vital work into the prevention, detection and treatment of the diseases and provide support to those who have lost a loved one or face a lifetime of serious disabilities.”

The concert will take place in Wilton Church, Hawick, on July 17, at 7.30pm. Tickets are available on the door, priced £5 and £3 concessions.