Music of McEwen to fill Heritage Hub

THE life and work of Hawick-born composor Sir John Blackwood McEwen will be celebrated with an exhibition and concert at the Heritage Hub next month.

The host venue, the town’s museum, Heart of Hawick, and Hawick Music Live are collaborating to stage the two events.

The exhibition will open on Saturday, January 5, at noon with a free short lunchtime recital when violinist Andrew Sherwood, a professor of violin at London’s Trinity Music College, and pianist Jim Letham, the former head of music at the high school, will play excerpts from McEwen’s music.

The concert on the afternoon of Sunday, January 27, will feature more of McEwen’s music and will also include a visit from Dr Alasdair Mitchell, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the leading authority on McEwen’s music.

Even though he spent most of his working life in London, McEwen was recognised during his lifetime (1868-1948) as one of Scotland’s leading composers, and his traditional folk music is often expressed in his compositions.