Programme 2017 – 2018

Music in Lanark: Ricciotti Ensemble - Netherlands

The Ricciotti Ensemble (Netherlands)

Tuesday 1 August 2017 at 7.45 pm

The Institute, New Lanark ML11 9DB

The Ricciotti Ensemble began as a street symphony orchestra under the motto “Art on the street”, giving street concerts everywhere and for everyone. Their concerts almost never take place in concert halls, but on the streets, in homes and prisons or other places where people hardly come into contact with music. Tonight they play, literally, for their supper, to help sustain their tour of Scotland.

NB: This event is Extra to the MiL Series.
Tickets £5 at the door

The Pearl Fishers (Bizet)
Opera Bohemia

Saturday 19 August 2017 at 7.45 pm

Memorial Hall, 13 St Leonard St, Lanark ML11 7AB

Scotland’s professional touring company, Opera Bohemia, returns with Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers.

In this moving tale, set in Ceylon, two men’s vow of friendship is threatened by their obsessions with the same woman, a beautiful priestess, who battles to suppress her feelings of love in order to uphold her sacred oath. The production features the company’s first professional chamber chorus and is accompanied by the Opera Bohemia Ensemble. With beautiful melodies, rousing choruses and opera’s most famous duet, this promises to be a magical night at the opera.

NB: This event is Extra to the MiL Series.

Tickets £12.50, on sale now at The Memorial Hall Box Office.

Music in Lanark: The Pearl Fishers
Music in Lanark: Charlotte Rowan

Charlotte Rowan (Violin)
Charlotte Stevenson (Piano)

Friday 15 September 2017 at 7.45 pm

The Institute, New Lanark ML11 9DB

Since being invited to study at the Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore, USA, aged 16, Charlotte has emerged as one of Britain’s most exhilarating young talents. She has been recognised in America and the UK for her “thrilling live performances, dazzling technical proficiency and masterful command of her instrument.” Charlotte’s passion is to make music accessible to everyone.

Wieniawski: Polonaise de Concert; Glazunov: Meditation;         Bacewicz: Polish Caprice and Oberek; Prokofiev: Violin Sonata No. 2; Vitali: Chaconne in G minor; Cyril Scott: Lotus Land; Elgar: Violin Sonata Op. 82

Trio Ecossaise (Clarinet, Cello, Piano)

Saturday 7 October 2017 at 7.45 pm

The Institute, New Lanark ML11 9DB

Trio Ecossaise was formed in 2001 and has performed extensively throughout Scotland and beyond.  In addition to their work together as a trio, the musicians enjoy busy and diverse freelance careers working with various Scottish orchestras and ensembles, as well as taking music out into the community, with experience of outreach projects in schools, hospitals and prisons.

Beethoven Trio Op.11, Fauré Elégie (cello & piano), Glinka’s Trio Pathétique and Brahms’ Trio in A Op.114

Music in Lanark: Trio Ecossaise
Music in Lanark: Clouds Harp Quartet

Clouds Harp Quartet

Friday 27 October 2017 at 7.45 pm

The Institute, New Lanark ML11 9DB

Having studied at the Royal Northern School of Music, Lanark harpist Elinor Nicholson has joined CLOUDS, a quartet of established harp soloists, chamber and orchestral musicians founded in 2008. CLOUDS’ leader, Esther Swift, is the composer and song-writer of their music which is inspired by her folk roots and a deep love of Scotland and her home in the Scottish Borders.

“A totally absorbing ethereal experience of sound and vision”.

Lisney Briggs Duo (Four hands, one piano)

Saturday 11 November 2017 at 7.45 pm

The Institute, New Lanark ML11 9DB

Sarah Beth Briggs returns to MiL, this time with James Lisney for a programme of piano duets. As a teenager Sarah jointly won the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg now performs internationally both in the concert hall, on radio and TV, and on CD. James also performs and records throughout Europe and is particularly renowned for his performances of Schubert and Beethoven.

Hans Gál Three Marionettes, op 74, Mozart Sonata in C, K521, Schubert A major Rondo, D951, Fauré Dolly Suite, op 56, Dvorak Slavonic Dance op 72/2 in E minor, Debussy Petite Suite, Mozart Andante and Variations in G major, K501/ the-lisney-briggs-duo

Music in Lanark: Lisney Briggs
Music in Lanark: Gitarrissima

Gitarrissima of Vienna (Guitar Quintet)

Saturday 9 December 2017 at 7.45 pm

The Institute, New Lanark ML11 9DB

Five guitarists from Europe, based in Vienna, perform a programme of Christmassy music. Their combination of octave guitar, three concert guitars and acoustic bass guitar breaks new ground in classical guitar music, giving a new dimension to popular classical works with a wealth of musical colour.

Three Movements from the ballet suite The Nutcracker, Dance of the Miritons, Dance of The Sugar Plum Fairy, Russian Dance (Trepak), three movements from the Ballet Suite “Swan Lake”.

Tannara (Contemporary Scottish Folk Music)

RESCHEDULED for Saturday 14 April 2018 at 7.45 pm

The Institute, New Lanark ML11 9DB

“When we play, there’s a raw energy that brings booming sets of tunes and songs together with moments of knot-in-stomach beauty. It’s four big personalities bouncing off each other to create big sounds”. Acoustic guitar, clarsach, accordion and fiddle present considered, complex arrangements that surround original tunes, modern tunes and traditional ballads. The result is an electrifying live act that won nomination at 2106 Scots Trad Music Awards.

Music in Lanark: Tannara
Music in Lanark: Dave Lee Swingtet and Alison Affleck

Dick Lee’s Swingtet – Featuring Alison Affleck

Friday 9 February 2018 at 7.45 pm

The Institute, New Lanark ML11 9DB

The hot swing band play classics by Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Django and Glenn Miller, and Alison (Jazz Vocalist of 2013) contributes her take on the the great songs of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, and Peggy Lee (no relation!).

New Focus on Song (Jazz Quartet, String Quartet and Harp)

RESCHEDULED for Friday 18 May 2018 at 7.45 pm 2018
(Jazz Quartet Only)

The Institute, New Lanark ML11 9DB

Euan Stevenson and Konrad Wiszniewski return with a follow-up to their acclaimed New Focus album. Their compositions for jazz quartet, string quartet, woodwind and harp demonstrate their ability to write beautiful, haunting melodies, blending French impressionism, jazz and Scottish folk music to create a unique, cinematic soundscape.

“A programme of sparkling contrasts and musical versatility.”

Music in Lanark;' New Focus On Song
Music in Lanark: Castalian

Castalian Quartet (String Quartet)

Saturday 24 March 2018 at 7.30 pm

The Institute, New Lanark ML11 9DB

The quartet studied at Hannover University of Music, Dance & Theatre, and in the past four years have won top prizes at major international competitions. They have performed widely throughout Europe and have toured China, and have won several awards including the Tunnell Trust, the Royal Overseas League and Mozarteum de France.

Haydn: String Quartet from Op.76, Britten: String Quartet No.2 in C, Op.36 (1945), Schubert: String Quartet No.13 in A minor, D.804 (Rosamunde)

Yehudi Menuhin School Ensemble

Thursday 3 May 2018 at 7.45 pm

The Institute, New Lanark ML11 9DB

We are delighted to welcome the YMS Ensemble head once again to the New Lanark stop on their Scottish Tour. If the past three years are anything to go by, then we are in for another evening of prodigious talent from musicians who will astound us with their virtuosic performances. A traditional high spot in the Music in Lanark year.

Music in Lanark: Yehudi Menuhin School Ensemble 2018