Reminder: Northern Lights Wind Quintet set to dazzle Rothesay audience

The Northern Lights Wind Quintet.
The Northern Lights Wind Quintet.

Performing at Trinity Church on Friday night is ‘The Northern Lights Wind Quintet’.

Formed at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2009, the quintet comprises winners of major RSAMD prizes including the Governor’s Woodwind Recital Prize and the Classical Concerto Competition.

As a group they recently won the Governor’s Recital Prize for Chamber Music, and were awarded the Mary D. Adams Prize.

Comprising Arlene Cochrane (oboe), Fraser Langton (clarinet), Graeme Brown (bassoon), Samantha McShane (french horn), and Sarah Hayes (flute), the group currently receive coaching from John Cushing (RSNO) and singularly receive lessons with other leading players from Scotland’s major orchestras.

They have taken part in masterclasses with artists such as Lorna McGhee and have been coached by RSAMD Head of Woodwind, Heather Nicoll.

Northern Lights have staged many successful performances within the RSAMD but are also committed to a professional future and taking their music to a wider audience.

Recent engagements include a recital at the Edinburgh Festival and a showcase on BBC Radio Scotland’s Classics Unwrapped programme hosted by Jamie MacDougall. The near future includes a recital at Glasgow City Halls and a world premier of a new quintet by Birthwhistle.

Their performance as part of the Bute Arts Society’s 2015/16 programme will be held on Friday, February 12, at 8pm in Trinity Church - the start time for the concert is slightly later than usual as the group will be travelling straight to Rothesay from a concert on Islay on Thursday night.

Tickets for the concert are £8 (free to students).

* The next, and final concert for this season, will be the Tim Kliphuis Trio on Friday, March 18, in Trinity Church. Be sure to make a note in your diaries now for what will be a superb evening!