The Brunton’s concert hall may be silent at the moment, but musicians are not. Large online audiences have been accessing concerts by terrific musicians and The Brunton is inviting audiences to beat the lockdown blues with their series of uplifting lunchtime concerts, to watch at home, presented in partnership with Royal Conservatoire Scotland and Lammermuir Festival.
The concerts will be available for streaming at home from February 23rd at a cost of £7 per concert (and booking fee) and are programmed with support from the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund through Creative Scotland.
The series begins with Maurizio Reyes, Piano Rhythms on February 23rd.
A programme framed by irresistible musical rhythms. Bach’s Suites include many of the most popular dance movements of his time and Bartok’s music is grounded in his native Hungary’s folk music. Granados is the quintessential Spanish composer and his ‘Allegro de concierto’ is a parade of musical fireworks. Brahms’s Capriccios have an intoxicating dark beauty.
Maurizio Reyes is a musical shooting star – giving BBC Broadcasts while still a student at Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Prodigies Grow Up, The Resol String Quartet concert will air on March 2nd with deeply romantic and hypnotic music from Mozart, Mendelssohn and Glass.
Mozart and Mendelssohn were perhaps the greatest of all musical child prodigies. Mendelssohn’s deeply romantic A minor quartet was written when he was 18. Mozart’s ‘Dissonance’ quartet is a true masterpiece and a homage to his friend Haydn with whom he played chamber music for fun. Philip Glass’s hypnotic music has made him a star well beyond the field of pure classical music.
The virtuoso trio of Abigail Young – violin, Balazs Renczes – cello and Graeme McNaught – piano perform The Magic of Mendelssohn, which can be enjoyed on March 23rd.
Piano, violin and cello is a combination which offers amazing musical possibilities. Mendelssohn’s D minor trio is intoxicating in its intensity – lovely melodies and great virtuoso brilliance. Leo Weiner’s Romance for cello and piano is a haunting feast of Hungarian tune. Myst is Abigail and Balazs’s violin and cello duo and Reservoir is a fabulous folk/traditional arrangement from their latest album.
Following the success of The Brunton’s online pantomime Rapunzel, The Brunton Theatre Trust were keen to continue offering audiences a chance to enjoy cultural experiences from home, whilst the venue remains unable to open. A spokesperson for the Theatre Trust said:
“Arts and culture experiences play an important role in our wellbeing. Sadly The Brunton is currently unable to welcome people in to the building, so we very much want to provide these classical concerts as a way to digitally connect with people during this lockdown. We hope these concerts will provide an oasis of calm and escape in the middle of the day.”
As The Brunton currently remains closed, the Trust are continuing to appeal for donors to help support them to survive, thrive and continue to bring a programme of arts and entertainment to East Lothian and beyond. Donations can be made via The Brunton’s website www.thebrunton.co.uk .
Programmed with support from the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund through Creative Scotland.