It’s ‘Bach to the future’ at Ruthven Music Festival

Colin Jackson.
Colin Jackson.

Ruthven Festival’s 2014 Silver Anniversary season will come to a tuneful end on September 7 with an afternoon concert in the acoustically-perfect setting of Ruthven Community Hall – the former church - on the banks of the River Isla.

The September Recital, which is part of the Festival’s ‘Bach To The Future’ series, will feature the ever-popular Ruthven mixture of familiar, neglected and must-hear-again classical music.

Evelyn Hood, who is a member of the Ruthven Festival Committee and whose late husband, Angus, established the annual celebration of classical music in the heart of the Angus countryside, said: “Beginning at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, music by Bach, Boccherini, Fauré, Boismortier, Schubert and Ligeti will be performed by the highly accomplished Ruthven Festival Musicians.

“There will also be a very special performance by The Laird Quartet - Alan Torrance and John Cheyne on violin, Sean Thomas on viola and cellist Donald Gordon.”

Evelyn explained that, at the September 7 recital, The Laird Quartet will be joined by cello soloist Colin Jackson, who recently retired from Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House Orchestra.

Colin, who will be making his Ruthven Festival debut, said: “The Laird Quartet is proof that you can have a wonderful musical experience without going to London to hear world famous musicians.”

Colin will be playing a cello made by Antonio Casini of Modena in 1678.

He continued: “Thanks to Angus Hood, who founded this celebration of classical music 25 years ago, Ruthven has built up a loyal audience who have learned to expect interesting and inspiring music in a beautiful place.”

The Festival’s September Recital will also feature two favourites with the Ruthven audience - sopranos Audrey Mattner and Alison McDonald.

Evelyn explained: “Audrey normally occupies the leader’s chair in the Ruthven Festival Musicians but she will be donning her mezzo-soprano hat to join soprano soloist Alison McDonald in two groups of songs by French and German composers.

“Alison, Audrey and The Laird Quartet’s Donald Gordon all performed at the first Ruthven Music Festival a quarter of a century ago so it’s very fitting that they should be rounding off this year’s celebratory concerts.”

Tickets for the Ruthven Music Festival’s September 7 Recital are now on sale priced at £20, which includes a wine reception.

There is no charge for those aged under-12.

For more information, or to book tickets, call 01828 632558 or e-mail