‘Classical’, ‘jazz’, ‘folk’, ‘rock’, ‘world music’ and many more; labels provide a convenient shorthand way of classifying different musical styles.
On November 3 Music in Peebles will welcome Kosmos Ensemble – a group of three musicians who set out to re-define those boundaries, bringing together influences from many countries, cultures and musical forms into a blend that is uniquely their own.
All the members of the group are classically trained and share a passion for performing with, and learning from, musicians from around the world. Harriet Mackenzie is an international violin soloist and chamber musician with a particular interest in contemporary music; Meg Hamilton is a viola player specialising in world and folk music styles, and Serbian-born Miloš Milivojević is a classical accordionist who enjoys Tango and Balkan music.
Kosmos have crafted a programme in which sophisticated jazz glides magically into wild Gypsy fiddling; emotive Jewish music leads into hot-blooded Tango; Arabic melody gives way to free improvisation.
During their visit to Peebles, Kosmos will also be participating in MiP’s expanding outreach programme by presenting music workshops in Kingsland Primary School and Peebles High School and performing a concert in Peebles Nursing Home.
The outreach programme receives generous support from local businesses, and Music in Peebles is very grateful to them and also to Enterprise Music Scotland for their financial support.
The Eastgate concert is open to everyone and starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £14 for adults (or £7 if accompanying a child under 12) are on sale from the Eastgate Theatre Box Office (01721 725777); admission is free for all school students and MiP members. For further details, and info on becoming an MiP member, see www.musicinpeebles.org.uk