Hawick celebrates 60 years

HAWICK Music Club celebrates its 60th anniversary this Sunday at Tower Mill, with Andrew Sherwood of London’s prestigious Trinity College of Music.

The professor of violin will be accompanied by well-known Borders composer and recently retired head of music at Hawick High School, Jim Letham, on piano.

The programme will include music by Dvoák, Fritz Kreisler and Gypsy Airs by Sarasate.

There will also be a musical celebration of the late Brian Bonsor, including recorder trios played by Mary Bonsor, and three of Brian’s former pupils Ruth Ellis and Lisa and Paul Norman.

Bonsor will also be remembered when Jim Letham, presents the ‘world premier’ of his composition Three Temperaments for violin and piano.

In the dedication he writes: “This piece was written as a personal tribute to Brian Bonsor, a wonderful friend and mentor.

“The first movement – Pensive Prelude – is both sad and thoughtful, which leads without a break into the Serene Sarabande.

“The final movement – Frivolous Finale – has the subtitle Clowns, and although the overall mood of this movement is fun, at times verging on the slapstick, there is a brief, poignant reminder of the opening section, before the piece hurtles to a madcap finish.”

Hawick Music Club’s Gordon Macdonald said: “Even though this will be a poignant occasion, nevertheless, we will celebrate 60 years of presenting live music in Hawick in style.

“This will be an exciting concert, held in a wonderful auditorium with local musicians who will add to the informal atmosphere.

“It’s a unique occasion; let’s make it a memorable occasion with a full house.”

Tickets are £10, students £2, and available online www.thebooth.co.uk, from the Tower Mill’s box office, by phoning 01450 360688 and, if available, on the afternoon of the concert.