Edinburgh Ensemble to perform

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An Edinburgh ensemble is set to entertain Angus music lovers thanks to a live music concert organised by Angus Arts.

The event, which takes place at Dickson Hall in Laurencekirk on Friday (December 5), will see Barony Ensembly take to the stage.

Maria MacDonell, co-creative director of Angus Arts, said: “Barony Ensemble comprises of four musicians of the highest calibre. Jean Johnson (clarinet) is a busy international collaborator in chamber music, has a regular duo with her husband, pianist Steven Osborne, and together with Aisling O’Dea (violin) she also plays with the critically acclaimed chamber ensemble ‘Daniel’s Beard’.

“Aisling is a chamber musician in high demand, a founding member of the Artisan Piano Trio and also plays with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

“Christian Elliott (cello) is already known to Angus Arts concert goers as a member of Raeburn Quartet and he enjoys a varied career as a chamber musician, orchestral musician, soloist and composer, and Rachel Roberts (viola), performs internationally as a soloist and chamber with recent highlights including live BBC3 recitals with the London Conchord Ensemble.

“We’re extremely fortunate to be hosting this talented quartet as this is their only UK performance prior to their European tour.”

The programme offers a mixture of contemporary and classical composers and promises a musical journey of European short works spanning over four centuries, from late Renaissance to mid 20th Century.

Maria added: “It really is a privilege to bring musicians of such a high quality to this very rural area.”

She also thanked Enterprise Music Scotland for helping to make this event possible. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert starts at 7.30. Tickets, which cost £10 for adults and £5 for student/child concession, can be booked by phoning 01561 298173 / 01356 648669 / 01356 670304, by emailing angus.arts@btinternet.com or can be purchased from Hugo’s in Laurencekirk.