Sherwood and Letham to play Heart of Hawick

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Local musicians Andrew Sherwood and Jim Letham will explore the musical by-ways of the violin and piano repertoire in a concert to be held in the Heart of Hawick on Saturday (October 18).

With John Blackwood McEwen offering a rich vein of unjustly neglected music, the Borders duo will be performing his 6th Sonata.

Although displaying distinct French influences (it was written in Provence in 1929), McEwen clearly could not forget his homeland, as the final sparkling movement, strongly influenced by the Scottish jig, will show.

In addition the duo will play a relatively unknown sonata – No. 8, in G major – by Beethoven.

Written shortly after the composer faced up to the reality of encroaching deafness, the music – full of vitality, wit and downright humour – is a triumphant response to his personal crisis. The remainder of the programme will consists of shorter pieces – all attractive and very approachable – continuing in the style for which the double act are well known.

The performance takes place in Heart of Hawick on Saturday, October 18 at 7pm.

Tickets, priced £10, students £2, are available by calling 01450 360688, or at Visit Scotland box office, Tower Mill, Hawick.