Kilmardinny Circle’s musical treats kick off next month

Kate Mcdermott
Kate Mcdermott

KILMARDINNY Music Circle (KMC) has an exciting new programme of event as the new season gets underway next month.

One of the highlights will be when the group welcome back ex-Douglas Academy clarinet student Kate McDermott, who will be performing a recital in February at Kilmardinny House.

Kate, originally from Lanark but who spent several years at the academy, has risen through the ranks, recently taking up the prestigious post of Principal Clarinet in the Gothenburg Opera Orchestra in Sweden.

Kate studied under local clarinettist Geoffrey Haydock before moving on to study in London at the Royal College of Music.

She returned to Glasgow to do a post graduate course with Yann Ghiro at the RSAMD.

Kate, who is in her mid-20s,has already performed with many orchestras including the BBC Scottish and BBC London, Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National, Scottish Chamber, English National Opera and National Orchestra of Wales.

The recital at Kilmardinny House next year is accompanied by James Wilshire who incidentally opens the KMC season next month with a solo piano recital.

His is just one of the concerts that feature successful Scottish Musicians.

In December classical audiences will hopefully get the long anticipated opportunity to hear cellist Alexander Volpov accompanied by Mikhail Alexandrov who, audiences may remember, travelled from Moscow two years ago to give a recital which had to cancelled.

A violin and piano recital by the Sutherland Duo in November together with the Thistle Brass in January and the always to be enjoyed Edinburgh Quartet in March complete the concert season.

This season, as usual, the circle will again have its ‘spotlight artist’ which gives a young local musician the opportunity to perform a short solo in a formal professional setting.