Concert series will brighten Bute’s dark winter nights

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As the dark nights start to roll in, it can only mean one thing -the very welcome return of Bute Arts Society’s new season of winter concerts.

A sneak peek at this year’s programme has shown there will be something for everyone, with musical tastes from classical to contemporary catered for.

Kicking the 2016/17 season off on Friday, October 7, is pianist Daniel Lebhardt.

Daniel, a 24-year-old Hungarian pianist, has impressed audiences and critics alike with his thoughtful interpretations and outstanding virtuosity.

Mr. Lebhardt started piano lessons at the age of six, and from the age of nine attended the Special School of the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest, studying with István Gulyás and Gyöngyi Keveházi. Since 2010 he has attended the Royal Academy of Music in London where he first worked with Christopher Elton, and since 2012 has been in the studio of Pascal Nemirovski.

The October concert in Rothesay’s Trinity Church will include works by Bach, Beethoven and Brahms, and will be, undoubedtly, an excellent evening’s entertainment.

The second concert of the new season will welcome the three-piece ensemble, Note-Ability, to Rothesay.

Comprising Lynne Harvey-Allan (soprano), Lewis Allan (bass-baritone) and David Murray (piano), Note-Ability combine classical training with beautiful songs to create a richly entertaining experience.

Ranging over material as diverse as grand opera to songs from stage and screen, Note-Ability have a special rapport and stage presence, which the island’s audience will most certainly connect with at their October 28 concert.

November’s concert will see Trio Ecossaise take their place at the grand piano in Trinity Church.

Formed in 2001, ‘Trio Ecossaise’ - Jennifer Brown (clarinet), Harriet Davidson (cello), Claire Haslin (piano) - has performed extensively throughout Scotland and at the Jacqueline du Pré Concert Hall, Oxford.

All three musicians hail from Scotland, and trained at respected conservatories - the Royal Northern College of Music and Indiana University (Jennifer), Oxford University and the Guildhall School of Music (Harriet), the Royal Scottish Academy and the Guildhall School of Music (Claire). In addition to their chamber music commitments, they each pursue busy and diverse freelance careers.

Kicking off the new year on January 20, is the Bardic Trio.

The innovative combination of the Bardic Trio consists of Jamie MacDougall (Scottish tenor), Matthew McAllister (guitar), and Sharron Griffiths (harpist). The combination was a brain storm of Jamie on his meeting with the renowned Mexican Harpist, Angel Padilla Crespo leading them to commission works for the trio from composers, Eddie McGuire and Arturo Marquez. Alongside these new works the trio created arrangements of Mexican, Scottish, Welsh and Irish songs for a concert tour of Mexico.

In 2013, the line-up changed to include Sharron and the new trio were very positively received by audiences and critics alike during their inaugural concert tour of Scotland.

String quartet, Roxburgh Quartet, will perform on Friday, February 17, bringing with them their shared passion for string music and a varied repertiore including the works of Shostakovich and Borodin.

As a group the Roxburgh Quartet have studied with the former leader of the Lindsays, Peter Cropper and individually with teachers such as Irvin Arditti, Stefan Litwin, Lukas Hagen, Walter Levin, Paul Tortelier, Thomas Kakuska and Martin Outram.

Bringing the 2016/17 season to a close on Friday, March 17, will be the musical duo, Travelling by Tuba.

Chris Cranham (tuba) and Stewart Death (piano) first met in 1987 as students at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. The following year Stewart travelled as an accompanist with Chris and three other tubists to Markneukirchen in East Germany to take part in their International Tuba Competition.

It was in 1990 that Travelling by Tuba was born, when they started working for Live Music Now, a national charity started by Sir Yehudi Menuhin designed to take music to all parts of the community.

Be sure to make a note in your diaries – keep an eye open for details in The Buteman, and don’t forget, students get free entry to all concerts!