New home for Bute Arts Society’s winter concerts

David Massey and Emily Andrews (Andrews Massey Duo).

David Massey and Emily Andrews (Andrews Massey Duo).

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A new venue for Bute Arts Society’s winter programme of concerts has been chosen ahead of the closure of Rothesay Pavilion in September.

The grand piano, a gift to the Pavilion fromthe late Dr Rosemary MacKenzie in 2007, will be moved to Rothesay’s Trinity Church once the building is closed for refurbishment, and will be returned upon completion of works in July 2017. The Yahama instrument will be used during services to augment the organ, and will also be used at Bute Arts Society concerts which will take place for the next two seasons in the church.

Kicking off this year’s programme on Friday, October 2, is Andrews Massey Duo, a flute and guitar duo based in London.

Emily Andrews and David Massey met in 2009 at the Royal Academy of Music while playing in the orchestra for a musical (David on the banjo, Emily on the piccolo). They decided to have a go on their usual instruments and quickly formed their duo partnership.

The second concert in the 2015/16 programme on Friday, November 6will be provided by Bibby Piano Duo. Sisters Nicola and Alexandra have enjoyed an international career over the last twenty years, enthralling audiences both at home and abroad with their fresh and inspiring performances.

Later that month on Friday, November 27, Bute Arts Society will welcome Aimee Toshney (soprano) with Ewen Gilford (piano) to Trinity Church.

Praised for possessing a voice of outstanding quality and an obvious stage presence soprano Aimee grew up in Ayrshire, immersed in Scots song and touring with the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra to Australia, New Zealand and Germany as a teenager.