Recent and upcoming events

Sunday 2 November 2014, 3pm, Carlops Church 

"My Bonnie Dearie" Scottish songs and airs for voice and harps 

Anne Lewis studied singing at Guildhall and has worked extensively as a soloist in performances led by such names as Sir Charles MacKerras and Sir Roger Norrington. She performs and records with Cappella Nova, Scottish Voices, Dunedin Consort and Canty. Anne has performed regularly on Radio 3 and Radio Scotland arts programmes. She is an accomplished singer of Scottish traditional music, enjoys teaching and is currently working with pupils at Fettes College and St George's School for Girls. She also directs and arranges music for community choirs.

Bill Taylor is a specialist in the performance of ancient harp music from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and is one of very few players investigating these repertoires on medieval gut-strung harps, wire-strung clarsachs and Renaissance harps with buzzing bray pins. He performs with Canty, the Highland early music group Coronach and the duo The Art of Musick. Bill teaches community music classes through Fèis Rois and is a guest lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. 

Bill and Anne will perform familiar Burns favourites and some songs less well-known, along with some beautiful Scots airs played on clarsach and harp.

Admission free, but donations would be very much appreciated.


Friday 21 November, 8pm, Graham Institute, West Linton

Gerda Stevenson - Night Touches Day

A familiar face on stage and screen (Braveheart, Shetland, The Bill, Midsomer Murders), the multi-talented actor, writer and poet Gerda Stevenson is about the release her debut CD of songs, Night Touches Day'.  This very special event to launch the CD will see Gerda perform her self-penned songs in her home village, with the help of  a group of exceptional musicians who worked with her on the recording:

Seylan Baxter - cello
Rob MacNeacail - bass guitar
James Ross - piano
Kyrre Slind - guitar, mandolin, banjo, lute
Colin Hall - saxophone 
Her music has already won a number of fans, including Dick Gaughan, who has described the CD as 'Extraordinarily good, quite stunning songwriting.. singing and arrangements are impeccable, full of lovely wee quirks and surprises...braw, braw wark'.
Jim Gilchrist in the Scotman wrote "A life of rich experience beautifully captured in song...She sings with natural poise and utter clarity...impeccably accompanied. Kooky...funky...but there are strikingly beautiful things here too. Sweet and straight from the heart."
Peggy Seeger, on hearing 'Aye the Gean', simply said 'that is one wonderful song'.
Come and join us for this very special occasion (and bring your own bottle if you like!)
Admission by ticket only (£10 for adults, £8 students/concessions, under 18 free), available from Eventbrite:
If you are unable to access Eventbrite, please contact Michael Pryor on 01968 660829,


Sunday 18 January 2015, 4pm, Carlops Centre

Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet

The Kaleidoscope Saxophone Quartet is an innovative collaboration between four versatile young artists. The group's approach creatively combines musical performance, composition and film. Trained at top UK conservatoires including the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal Northern College of Music, the quartet is steeped in the British saxophone tradition, with a broad, resonant, vocal sound and an energetic, communicative performing ethos. As well as their work in music and film, the quartet is committed to the creation and performance of new music, and has commissioned and premiered works from an array of composers, whilst also possessing an extensive repertoire of the best of traditional saxophone music. Recent successes for the group include being named as Tunnell Trust Artists for the 2014/15 season, winning the Guildhall School's June Emerson Launchpad Prize in 2013, and the premiering of new quartets by Samuel-Quartermaine Smith,  Michael Cryne and John Moore at the Forge in October.

Kaleidoscope will play music by Greig, Piazzola, Dvorak and Nyman alongside new works created for the Quartet.
Admission - tickets on the door (or reserved in advance via Michael Pryor, details as above) £10 adults, £8 concessions/students, under 18 free.