Tower Mill hosts ensemble’s first tango in Hawick

Hawick Music Live! presents The Scottish Tango Ensemble on Saturday, February 25 at 7.30pm in Tower Mill Theatre.

The Scottish Tango Ensemble, pictured right, was formed in 2009 and is a collaboration of four dynamic young musicians based in Edinburgh and Glasgow: Gemma O’Keeffe on violin, Paul Chamberlain (who was born in Bowden) on accordion, Tom Berry playing the double bass and Fiona Macleod on piano.

The quartet cover all styles of tango music, from the classic salon and milonguera repertoire through to the Nuevo Tango associated with Astor Piazzolla.

The ensemble gives varied recitals, and often plays for milongas and tango balls. Their distinctive programme will also include items from the classical repertoire, featuring Romanza Andaluza by Sarasate for violin and accordion, three piano solos by the Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, and two accordion solos, Romance Angelis and Toccata, by the Soviet Armenian composer, Khachaturian.

Prior to this concert, Hawick Music Live will introduce a new feature: Sally–Anne Scott, pupil at Kelso High School, will play the clarsach, a small Scottish harp, on the first floor.

This is the Scottish Tango Ensemble’s first concert in Hawick, and, a spokesperson promised: “The Tower Mill auditorium will be transformed into a dark, rather sultry Latin America dive where tangos and other such sexy music will steam away the February air.”

Tickets cost £10 for adults and £2 for students, and are available online at, or at the Heart of Hawick Box Office on 01450 360688 or on the evening of the concert. For more information about Scottish tango, visit