Bryden brings Bach the good times to Melrose Parish Church

John Bryden performs at Melrose this Sunday
John Bryden performs at Melrose this Sunday

INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed concert pianist John Bryden performs at Melrose Parish Church this Sunday.

The Edinburgh University teacher, pictured left, will be playing Book I of The Well Tempered Clavier, a series of preludes and fugues by JS Bach that have “so influenced later composers and the course of musical history,” according to Melrose Music Society’s Oliver Eade.

Born in Edinburgh, John knew he wanted to play the organ at the age of three, and gave his first BBC performance aged 14.

He later studied under such great pianists as Claudio Arrau and Peter Katin.

John has given concerts all over the UK, as well as France, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Saudi Arabia and Nepal.

He currently travels the world on cultural tours and has played on organs of cathedrals in Salzburg, Vienna and Dresden.

John is on the staff at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh as well as Melrose’s school of the same name.

The concert begins at 2.30pm and entrance is £10, which will go towards the Melrose Music Society Piano Fund.