Yetholm Sinfonia prove they know their Kodály from their Kalinnikov for their summer concert

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THREE rarely performed great works will feature in Yetholm Sinfonia’s summer concert on Saturday at Kelso Old Parish Church.

Continuing with the occasional series of unknown Mendelssohn overtures, the concert will open with his trumpet overture, Opus 101 – an early work despite its late opus number – which is full of this composer’s melodic invention.

The work of Zoltán Kodály, (pictured left) – a Hungarian composer who developed a clever system still much used for teaching music to children – will also appear.

Kodály also spent a good deal of time, often with his friend Bartók, collecting folk music in eastern Europe.

Geoffrey Emerson of Yetholm Sinfonia said: “His evocative tone poem Summer Evening was originally written in 1906, but in 1929 he revised it and dedicated it to the famous conductor Toscanini, who was a champion of Kodály’s music.”

The concert’s other main work is the first symphony by Vasily Kalinnikov (pictured right), who was a friend of Tchaikovsky.

Geoffrey added: “Full of Slavic passion and unmistakably evoking Mother Russia, this symphony is ample proof that had he not died at the tragically early age of 36, he might well have become just as famous as his contemporary.”

The tickets for this musical treat at 7.30pm cost £8 (Friends of Yetholm Sinfonia £6, students free) and are on sale in Kelso at Latimer’s Book Shop, Oven Wynd and at Hector Innes Photography.

You can also buy tickets by phoning 01573 420279.