Music club hosts classical stars

finzi quartet
finzi quartet

MILNGAVIE Music Club has an exciting line-up of world-famous classical musicians and rising stars for its international concert series this winter.

In one of its most ambitious seasons for years, the club is presenting eight concerts beginning with a special event on September 7 as part of Milngavie’s popular Book and Arts Festival.

Topping the list of stars is pianist Joanna MacGregor, who has carved out a unique place for herself as one of Britain’s most imaginative, ground-breaking classical artists. She plays Bach’s great Goldberg Variations in an unusual and fascinating programme with blues from America’s deep south and tango music by Argentinian Astor Piazzola.

Talented young quartet of flautists, Flutes en Route, open the season with an introductory concert at the Lillie Art Gallery in Milngavie. Fresh from Orkney’s St Magnus Festival they will perform a delightful programme featuring flutes large and small.

The concert is free to members and anyone buying a subscription on the night will be given a glass of wine.

As always the club’s concerts bring leading chamber music groups to Milngavie. The brilliant Fidelio Trio comes in October with Ravel’s ravishing Piano Trio as the climax of their programme. One of the UK’s leading string quartets, the award-winning Elias Quartet, brings a programme that includes great music by Beethoven and Haydn as well as a new piece by one of Scotland’s leading composers, Gartmore resident Sally Beamish.

Another talented young ensemble, the Finzi Quartet, plays the wonderful String Quartet by Debussy to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

Baroque music group Concerto Caledonia has built a formidable reputation for its stylish, dangerously dynamic explorations of 17th and 18th Century Scottish music. Their programme offers a hair-raising journey from the continent to Scotland and back in the company of recorder virtuoso Pamela Thorby.

Outstanding young cellist, Philip Higham is a real rising star, his concert with pianist Simon Lane includes Cesar Franck’s own arrangement of his famous violin sonata as well as music by Beethoven and Britten.

All concerts are held in Cairns Church at 7.30pm except the first one.

Club president Hugh Macdonald said: “Since the 1940s the club’s aim has been to provide Milngavie music lovers with concerts of the highest possible standard and we’re delighted that more and more people are supporting our concerts.”

A membership subscription for the whole series costs £45. For further details visit, write to Mrs M. Milne, 9 McGrigor Road, Milngavie, G62 7LD, phone Ahilya Noone on 0141 357 4044 or e-mail

Single tickets cost £10 for an adult, £5 for students, school children get in free. Tickets are available from The Iron Chef, Mugdock Road, Milngavie or Milngavie bookshop, or on the door on the night of the concert.