“A WONDERFUL evening of entertainment” was the comment heard as the audience left the Heart of Hawick Theatre last Friday after the final concert of the Hawick Music Live season.
Taking the stage were Kelso-based ladies’ choir Mosaic, conducted by Grace Payne. The singers, accompanied by Harris Playfair, delighted the audience with their wide repertoire which ranged from songs by Mendelssohn, McCartney, Simon and Garfunkel and Gershwin, to Abba arrangements and Celtic Shenanigans. Their performance ended with a foot-tapping ‘Rhythm of Life’.
Virtuosity, sensitivity and sheer brilliance marked the playing of Borders Harris Playfair and Heather Cattanach, who began their piano duo career while they were both teaching at the 2008 Sunshine Coast School of Celtic Music. Since then they have been exploring the rich and often neglected seams of “four hands on one piano” repertoire, while adding their own creative offerings spanning the divides between jazz, folk and classical music, whether it was in Rachmaninov romances, Celtic arrangements, or a vibrant and scintillating jazz blues.
The concert was preceded by the annual general meeting of Hawick Music Club, which sponsors Hawick Music Live!, and elected as new president was Mary Bonsor with committee members Louise Wallace, Gordon Macdonald, Bill McDonald, Sheila Marshall, Gary Scott, Elke Hanman, Julien Ribeyron, Katherine Scoular, and Andrew and Mary Sherwood. Thanks were also expressed to musical advisor Jim Letham and the staff of Heart of Hawick for their continued support.
Presentations were made to retiring president Gordon Macdonald who has guided the club in a period of great change and opportunities with the move to the Heart of Hawick in 2008, and also to retiring treasurer Susan Donaldson who has served on the committee in different roles for more than 20 years.
Hawick Music Live! looks forward to the next series of concerts, beginning in September, on the theme of ‘A Season of Unique Blends’. Keep an eye open in the local press for details.