Philomusica play special tribute to founder member Brian

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Philomusica of Edinburgh (left) make a return to Hawick Music Club on Saturday, March 26 at the Tower Mill.

On the programme are the Symphony No 1 in C by Thomas Erskine, Lady Anne Lindsay’s Minuet and Lord Kellie’s Reel, plus work by contemporary composers inspired by traditional Scottish music, with Wendy Weatherby a soloist in her own compositions, joined by Aimee Penman.

Ending the concert will be A Scots Suite, written in 1954 by club founder Brian Bonsor, who died recently. The final movement comprises Come Under My Plaidy, Goodnight And Joy Be Wi Ye A, and Auld Lang Syne.  Brian once commented: “I was once told that Goodnight was formerly the song sung to end all convivial gatherings until it was usurped by Auld Lang Syne, so it is perhaps fitting that these new and old airs are played simultaneously to round off the suite.”

The club’s Gordon Macdonald said: “This is not only a fitting tri-bute to the memory of Brian Bonsor, but an opportunity to celebrate his contribution to the musical life in the Borders and beyond.”

Tickets are priced at £10 and are available from, phone 01450 360688, or at the Tower Mill.