Abbey Consort in the house

MONTEVIOT HOUSE near Jedburgh will host the Abbey Consort’s autumn concert on Saturday, October 1.

The consort first performed at the house 10 years ago and will bring a programme consisting of some of their favourite pieces in 2011.

Among them is Vivaldi’s Gloria, which was composed in Venice in around 1715 for a girls’ orphanage choir.

Bach’s Magnificat will be included, having been composed in Leipzig in 1723 for the ancient form of Roman Catholic Vespers.

Sixteen years previous, Handel composed Dixit Dominus in Rome, a very colourful piece designed to demonstrate Handel’s ability to write in the Italian style.

Carole Clarke, Mike Towers, Dominic Barberi and some members of the choir will be the soloists.

The orchestra, led by Cath Comie, is made up of players from across the Borders and further afield, many of whom have been performing regularly with Abbey Consort since their first concert.

The conductor for the evening will be Robert Dick, conductor of Edinburgh Sinfonia and Dundee Symphony Orchestra. He has conducted the choir previously for performances of Brahms’ German Requiem and Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus.

Tickets are priced at £12 for the 7.30pm performance, including a glass of wine or soft drink, and are available from 01835 850208.