Kelso Music Society closes season with Divertimenti

Divertimenti at Kelso Music Society
Divertimenti at Kelso Music Society
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Kelso Music Society’s season ends this Friday (March 28) in the town’s high school with a string sextet called Divertimenti.

Together, the two violins, two violas and two cellos will play a Romantic programme, opening with Richard Strauss’s opera Capriccio, followed by work from Czech composer Martinu.

After the interval they play a quintet by the much under-rated 18th-century composer Boccherini, a contemporary of Mozart and Haydn, whose work he matched for sheer originality and invention.

Most memorably, one of Boccherini’s catchy was played by the plotters in the Ealing comedy “The Ladykillers”.

The final piece is one of Brahms’ masterpieces, the Sextet in G major, one of the most popular pieces in the chamber music repertoire.

Divertimenti are a group of very well established players, mostly leaders of sections in some of the most important British orchestras.

The concert will be preceded by the society’s annual general meeting at 7pm, so it will start a little later than usual at 7.45pm.