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December Programme For Inverness Chamber Music At The Town House

Posted on Friday, 04 December 2009 07:14AM by BBC News, Highlands & Islands
In the run up to Christmas, Inverness Chamber Music is promoting two concerts in the Main Hall of Inverness Town House, one in the Evening Series and one in the Lunchtime Series.

The evening concert will be given by Scotland’s foremost brass quintet, Thistle Brass, on Friday 11th December at 8.00pm. The ensemble was established in 2002 by senior students at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where it won several prestigious prizes and awards, including the Mary D Adams Prize for Chamber Music. They have also been recognized by two major National Awards, The Tunnell Trust Award for Chamber Music and the Musicians Benevolent Fund Award for Ensembles. The quintet was recently made 'Ensemble In Association' at the RSAMD through which it regularly delivers recitals, workshops and outreach education programmes all over the UK.

Thistle Brass also works regularly on behalf of many established education authorities throughout the UK; Children's Classic Concerts, Enterprise Music Scotland, RSAMD Musicworks and Artlink Central as well as performing for many years under the prestigious Live Music Now! Scheme.

The group has toured extensively throughout the United Kingdom and further afield, including China in 2004. It has performed at many major festivals including the Birmingham Brass Explosion, RSAMD Brass Spectacular, Moray Spirit of Brass Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Carlisle International Festival, Hexham Abbey Festival, appeared as Ensemble in Residence at the St Magnus Festival, Orkney and has given several broadcasts on BBC and International radio. The ensemble has also performed on many occasions for prestigious Royal and Civic occasions, including performances in the Scottish Parliament for the First Minister, in China for the British Embassy and performing for world leaders and media at the historic G8 Summit held at Gleneagles in 2005.

Tickets for the Thistle Brass concert, which include mulled wine and mince pies during the interval, are available through Eden Court Box Office or at the door on the night. Adults £10; Eden Court Friends £9; Students etc £3.

The lunchtime concert features two highly talent young local musicians from the traditional Scots music field, Nicky McMichan (accordion) and Matthew MacLennan (piano) who will present a suitably seasonal 50 minute performance at 1.10pm on Wednesday 16th December. Both Nicky and Matthew studied with distinction at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and both have been award winners in both national and international competitions. They have performed throughout Europe and in June 2009 were selected to showcase Scots traditional music at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. Audience members are invited to stay on for a few minutes after the concert to enjoy a mince pie.

Tickets for this lunchtime concert are only available on the door from 12.30pm and cost £4 for adults, £3 for concessions and £1 for children.

If you would like further information or tickets to attend either of these concerts, please contact James Munro on 01463 710363 or jamesmunro24@aol.com