Step back in time with Milngavie Music Club

MILNGAVIE Music Club’s next event in their International Concert Series stays close to home with a group who have been described as “indisputably Scotland’s leading early music group”.

Specialising in the music of 17th and 18th century Scotland, Concerto Caledonia have built up a reputation for their imaginatively stylish, dynamic interpretations of Scottish as well as mainstream European music of that time.

In their concert in Cairns Church, Milngavie on January 20, leading virtuoso recorder player Pamela Thorby joins cellist and viol player Alison McGillivray and harpsichordist David McGuiness in a programme which promises to take the audience on a hair-raising journey from the Continent to Scotland and back. Works by Couperin and Handel are included alongside Scots Tunes from the 17th century onwards.

Concerto Caledonia’s live performances are wide ranging and always exciting.

They have included Bach’s St John Passion with guest director Mark Padmore and four concerts of historical Scottish music with guests including James Gilchrist, Martin Carthy and Katharine Fuge, which formed the basis of a live CD, Late Night Sessions.

The group’s eight CD recordings include Robert Burns songs in their original versions, classical symphonies from Fife, early Scots fiddle music, and the unique sound of 18th-century Scottish-Italian crossover.

Their current project and recording Revenge of the Folksingers, bringing together traditional and early classical music has received rave reviews.

Milngavie Music Club’s concert is on Friday, January 20, starting at 7.30pm, in Cairns Church, Buchanan Street.

Single tickets at £10 (students £5 and children free) are available form Milngavie Bookshop, The Iron Chef, Milngavie, and at the door on the night.

The club’s complete 2011/2012 programme can be seen at www.milngaviemusic.org