Double delight for audiences courtesy of Hawick Music Live!

Jim Lethan and Andrew Sherwood
Jim Lethan and Andrew Sherwood
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FOR the first time ever, Hawick Music Live! is hosting a double concert this month.

Staged in Tower Mill on Sunday, January 27, at 2.30pm, the first concert will feature Andrew Sherwood, Professor of violin at Trinity Music College, London; and Jim Letham, former head of music at the high school, on piano.

Their programme will include music by Mozart, and also the Hawick born composer, Sir John Blackwood McEwen (1868-1948) which will draw to a close the McEwen exhibition currently running in the Heritage Hub.

McEwen was born in East Bank United Presbyterian – now Trinity – Church manse on April 13, 1868, and rose in 1895 to become professor of pianoforte, harmony and composition at the Athenaeum School of Music – now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland – in Glasgow, and later professor of harmony and composition, and principal, of London’s Royal Academy of Music.

In 1931 he was honoured with a knighthood. Even though he spent most of his working life in London, he was recognised during his lifetime as one of Scotland’s leading composers, and his traditional folk music is often expressed in his music, such as Three Border Ballads, Hills o’ Heather, and the Solway Symphony

Gordon Macdonald, from Hawick Music Live! said: “McEwen, during his lifetime was recognised as Scotland’s leading composer, and as his music is rarely played, this will be a special concert.”

Tickets are priced £10 for adults and £2 for students.

The second concert will be on Wednesday, January 30 at 7pm and is a return visit of music students from the high school.

Mr Macdonald said: “This is always a popular and inspirational concert as these young students have talent in abundance, boundless energy and infectious personalities.”

The programme will feature a range of instruments and various vocal items.

Mr McDonald said: “If this concert is anything like their recent production of ‘Guys and Dolls’ then we’re in for a real treat!”

As this extra concert is outwith the season, tickets for both members and visitors alike will be adults £6 and students £2.

“This will be an exceptional concert, so mark this date in your diary and make sure you book your seats. Let’s have a full-house for our Hawick High School music students – they deserve nothing less,” added Mr Macdonald

Tickets for both concerts may be purchased at Visit Scotland, Box Office, Tower Mill 360688 and, if available, on the day of the concert.