The Brunton in Musselburgh’s autumn season of Lunchtime Classical concerts offers the chance to catch up with friends over soup and a sandwich from noon, followed by an hour of classical music from 1pm.
The series returns on 4th October with virtuoso saxophonist Dean Walker Garrity. Dean (below) played with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra while still at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and his programme is mix of beautiful French music, such as Debussy’s Prelude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Poulenc’s Sonata for Oboe and Piano (arranged for Soprano Saxophone), with other works by Barry Cockcroft, Andy Scott, Dave Heath and Graham Fitkin. He will be accompanied by Anna Rastopchina on piano.
This is followed on 15th November by clarinettist Jonathan Leibowitz and pianist Eran Sulkin, with a programme of Poulenc, Brahms and Debussy, who wrote some of their most beautiful music for clarinet.
6th December sees Andrea Gajic (violin) and Djordje Gajic (accordion)’s duo Adlibitum bring a programme of Vivaldi and Bach combined with Iberian charm (Albeniz, Sarasate) and genuine virtuosity.
There is a special evening of accordion and piano on 14th October with Ryan Corbett (pictured) and Dida Condria. Gaining a reputation for astounding virtuosity, Ryan has recently joined BBC Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme, which consistently picks out the most brilliant young musicians of the day, and Dia’s piano solos will bring extra sparkle to a programme of Bach, Franck, Ravel, Liszt, and Vaclav Trojan’s Fairy Tales concerto for accordion. There is the option to enjoy dinner at the theatre as part of your booking.
Artmag is grateful to James Coutts and the team at the Brunton for inviting us to enjoy the opening concert of the Lunchtime Classical series: Dean Walker Garrity and Anna Rastopchina (below) played a widely-varied set that encompassed Claude Debussy and Francis Poulenc, to contemporary works from Gilles Silvestrini, Barry Cockcroft, Andy Scott, David Heath (in homage to John Coltrane) and Graham Fitkin. Unafraid to tackle challenging pieces that stretch the capabilities of the saxophone, the virtuosity on show was truly impressive and the playing was impassioned.