Exclusive concert for Angus Arts

Saturday (May 10) is the date of an exclusive concert in north east Scotland, when lively local charity Angus Arts hosts the Conway Trio at Dickson Hall in Laurencekirk.

Will Conway, one of Britain’s foremost cellists and conductors and member of Hebrides Ensemble, will be joined by Sarah Bevan-Baker (violin) and Catherine Marwood (viola) for what should prove to be an outstanding concert.

Many classical music fans will know Sarah Bevan-Baker from her concerts with Raeburn Quartet, and she is also a member of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Hebrides Ensemble. Catherine Marwood is also a member of Hebrides Ensemble and is the principal viola in both the Scottish Ensemble and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. This exciting trio are performing an exclusive, specially commissioned concert for Angus Arts, as Maria MacDonell, Co-Creative Director of the charity, explains told the Review: “Will Conway played a solo cello recital for us last year which was a great success, so we asked him if he’d like to return to Angus Arts this spring. He suggested playing in a trio and asked two of his colleagues at Hebrides Ensemble to join him, and so Conway Trio was born! This is an exclusive appearance by the trio, and we’re hugely excited to be hosting this concert.

“The programme includes Mozart Divertimento in E flat K563, which Will describes as ‘the pinnacle of classical string trio repertoire, an astonishing, superb piece of writing’. They are also playing The Bagpiper’s String Trio by Judith Weir, an internationally known composer who comes from an Aberdeenshire family and is celebrating her 60th birthday this year. The piece that will open the programme is Schubert’s B flat String Trio in one movement.

We are also delighted to be hosting this concert at the beautifully restored Dickson Hall in Laurencekirk, a venue that has a reputation for having great acoustics. With a location that is so easily accessible from the A90 we are hoping to attract people of all ages from Angus, Aberdeenshire and beyond, and would like to thank Enterprise Music Scotland for helping to make this concert possible.”

Angus Arts is well known for the wide range of arts experiences it offers, both in doors and out of doors, through performances, workshops and other events. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are £10 per adult and £5 for a student or child. (concession) Tickets can be booked by phoning 01561 298173, 01356 648669 or by e-mailing angus.arts@btinternet.com.