Music in Peebles is most grateful to The Hugh Fraser Foundation for the generous funding provided in support of our 2022/2023 season of concerts.
Learmont Drysdale (1866-1909) [Click arrow to listen to a recording of Drysdale's orchestral Prelude 'Thomas the Rhymer']
THE FESTIVAL LECTURE-RECITAL 2022
Jointly presented by Music in Peebles and The Tweeddale Society as part of Creative Peebles Festival
A talk by Robert England on the life of Learmont Drysdale will be followed by a concert of his music,including chamber works, pieces for solo piano and song settings, performed by Gina McCormack and students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
A selection of songs and song settings, with piano accompaniment, with particular emphasis on texts by Borders writers, including Walter Scott, Robert Chambers, James Hogg (‘The Ettrick Shepherd’) and Lady Grizel Baillie (of Mellerstain).
Sonatina and ‘White Heather’ (Polka de Salon)
Violin and piano
Reverie and Ballade
Trio in F for piano, violin and cello
Music in Peebles is grateful to Scottish Borders Council for financial support given to this event through a grant from the Council’s Neighbourhood Support Fund.
Sunday 4 September 2022 | 7:30 pm
Eastgate Theatre, Peebles
LEARMONT DRYSDALE AND HIS MUSIC REDISCOVERED
Robert England (speaker)
Gina McCormack (violin)
Marianna Abrahamyan (piano)
Charlotte Bateman (mezzo-soprano)
James McIntyre (tenor)
Rebekah Lesan (cello)
Learmont Drysdale (1866-1909)…..
- ‘One of the greatest and most prolific Scottish composers’
- ‘The Scottish Grieg’
- Contemporary of Hamish MacCunn, William Wallace and Alexander Mackenzie
- A composer who had his works performed at Henry Wood’s Promenade Concerts and Covent Garden…..
Clearly, a composer celebrated in his own lifetime, yet today the name of Learmont Drysdale will be known to very few, even here in Tweeddale, where his family was rooted and where he himself is buried, in Peebles cemetery.
Intrigued by a memorial to Drysdale on Damhead Rig, above Traquair Village, Robert England began researching the composer’s life and will share what he has learned in what promises to be a fascinating Festival Lecture.
Glasgow University Library holds an extensive archive of Drysdale’s manuscripts, which has been researched for us by Marianna Abrahamyan from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The result is the programme for this concert, consisting of chamber music, piano music and songs, some unpublished and possibly never performed before.
The music will be brought to life for us by Marianna Abrahamyan (piano), our Patron and special guest for this concert, Gina McCormack (violin) and students from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Don’t miss this chance to be in at the start of the great Learmont Drysdale revival!
- All 8 concerts for £90
- Adult full price £17
- Adult discounted * £8
- Under 26s FREE
*available to members of Biggar Music or Moffat Music Society or to adults accompanying a child under 12
Tickets may be purchased from: Box Office, Eastgate Theatre, Eastgate, Peebles, EH45 8AD (Telephone 01721 725777), or online using the button above.