There are two very appealing concerts this month in Inverness Town House bringing both new and well-known faces to the stage in the Main Hall.
The Barbirolli String Quartet were award winners in the Tunnell Trust for Young Musicians scheme in 2008 under which the quartet performed for six Scottish music clubs during the 2009-2010 season. In 2009 the quartet won the Ensemble Prize in the Royal Over-seas League Arts Competition after which they made their Edinburgh debut during the Festival and were appointed Junior Fellows at London’s Royal Academy of Music.
Since then they have gone on to develop a formidable reputation both as a superbly co-ordinated ensemble and for giving warm, idiomatic, intense performances.
Making their Inverness debut on Tuesday 16th October at 8.00pm in a Town House concert for Inverness Chamber Music the multi-national Barbirolli Quartet of Welsh first violin Rakhi Singh, Canadian second violin Katie Stillman, Greek violist Alexandros Koustas and Finnish cellist Liina Leijalla will be playing Haydn’s Sunrise Quartet No 63, Bartok’s 2nd String Quartet and the wonderful, ever-popular String Quartet No 14 by Schubert “Death and the Maiden”.
Tickets for this concert cost £13 for Adults, £12 for Eden Court Friends and £4 at the Reduced Rate. They can be obtained from Eden Court Box Office (01463 234234) or can be booked on line at www.invernesschambermusic.com with remaining tickets being on sale at the door on the night from 7.30pm.
Later in the month, on Friday 26 October at 1.00pm, Dundee-based pianist Christina Lawrie will be returning to Inverness to give a lunchtime recital for At One With Music. Following her musical studies at Douglas Academy, Chetham’s School in Manchester, Trinity College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music Christina has developed an extensive concert career throughout the UK as a solo performer, a concerto soloist, in partnership with her husband, violinist Marcus Barcham-Stevens and as a member of the Sutherland Duo with violinist Harriet Mackenzie, including a visit to At One With Music last November.
Christina will be playing the Ballade No 4 in F minor by Chopin, the moving Five Bagatelles by Australian composer Carl Vine and Schubert’s magnificent Wanderer Fantasy.
Tickets for this recital by Christina Lawrie cost £5 for Adults and £1 for Children. There is no pre-booking and they are available only on the day at the door from 12.30pm.