Sunday, 2nd September 2018 at 7:30pm in the Eastgate Theatre

Esther Swift
Brodick Quartet

Ben Norris, violin
Katrina Lee, violin
Rhoslyn Lawton, viola
Alice Allen, cello


Esther Swift    'The Flood' (New commission - 1st performance)
Trad. ‘Wood Works’ - Nordic Folk Tunes (arr. Danish String Quartet)
Tchaikovsky String Quartet No.1 in D, Op.11

To open the 2018/19 season, Music in Peebles is proud to unveil its first co-commission with Enterprise Music Scotland. A new work by Peebles harpist, singer-songwriter and composer Esther Swift will be accompanied by film produced by her brother Tom. Esther and Tom take their inspiration from the local community and environment and the impact of recent floods on Peebles and its people.

Esther says “I’ve always been really inspired by nature in my compositions and try to interweave natural patterns and sounds into my minimalist, folk, jazz and dance inspired writing style. This project is a chance for me to delve into the complex and relentless sound world of water using string quartet, voice and harp.”

Esther will be joined by the Brodick Quartet who will also play a selection of Nordic folk tunes arranged by the Danish String Quartet for their hugely successful album ‘Wood Works’. The concert ends with the ever-popular First String Quartet by Tchaikovsky, with its famous ‘Andante Cantabile’ second movement, often heard in its arrangement for string orchestra.

About Esther Swift

To find out more about Esther Swift, please visit (opens in a new tab).

About the Brodick Quartet

The Brodick Quartet comprises of four of Scotland's finest young string players who are rapidly making a name for themselves in Scotland and beyond. Having individually studied at the Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland the quartet met post-study whilst working in Glasgow in groups such as BBC SSO, Scottish Ensemble, Scottish Ballet, Scottish Opera, RSNO and London Concertante.

Formed in 2016 the Brodick Quartet's recent performances have included Aberdeen Sound Festival, Cottiers Chamber Project, and a UK premiere. They are passionate about attracting audiences who might not normally approach a classical concert and each have their own broad musical tastes outside the classical genre.

What Others Are Saying

“Esther writes original material which is enthralling, enchanting and beautiful…”

“Some of the most enjoyable, committed and passionate string quartet playing I have ever heard!” (Oliver Searle, composer)

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This concert is presented by Music in Peebles
as part of Creative Peebles Festival, 2018.

For details of all events in this year's Festival,
please visit the Festival pages on the Eastgate Theatre website.

Ticket Prices
Adult Non-Members £15 - buy online
The following tickets are only available from the Eastgate Theatre box office
Adult accompanying child under 12 £7
Members of Biggar Music £7
Members of Music in Peebles Free - included in subscription
School pupils FREE
Students under 25 in full-time education FREE

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This concert is subsidised by Enterprise Music Scotland through funding provided by Creative Scotland.