GAIA (Alice Allen, cello & Katrina Lee, violin
Duncan Strachan | Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird *
Elizabeth Maconchy | Theme and Variations
Rebecca Clarke | Lullaby and Grotesque
Arcangelo Corelli | Sonata for Violin and Cello Op.5 No.9
Sally Beamish | Stone, Salt and Sky *
* commissioned for GAIA by Chamber Music Scotland
Please note changes from programme announced in season brochure.
Tuesday 16 November 2021 | 7:30 pm
Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre, Peebles
The Gaia Duo are the Ensemble in Residence at Chamber Music Scotland from 2019-2021. Katrina and Alice are familiar to the Peebles audience as members of the Brodick Quartet, who opened our 2018/19 season. As GAIA, they are committed to unveiling the unheard voices of female composers from the past, whilst also supporting female contemporary composers.
Their fascinating programme showcases works by three women composers, a new work by Sally Beamish, one of today’s foremost composers, one by Irish-English composer Elizabeth Maconchy, described as ‘one of the most substantial composers these islands have yet produced’, and two short pieces by Rebecca Clarke (like Sally Beamish, a violist and composer) whose work is gaining recognition after decades of neglect.
The concert opens with another new commission, from Duncan Strachan, perhaps best known as cellist with the Maxwell Quartet and now emerging as a leading young composer. Completing the programme is a sonata by Baroque master, Corelli, whose Opus 5 set is described by Andrew Manze as ‘arguably the finest and most influential ever assembled’.
“It was a real pleasure to work with Katrina and Alice on a new duo. ….their performance was fresh, exciting and fun, with beautiful expressivity as well.” (Sally Beamish, Composer)
BBC Radio Scotland ‘Classics Unwrapped’ interview:
To find out more about GAIA, please visit https://www.gaiaduo.com/
- All 10 concerts for £100
- Adult full price £15
- Adult discounted * £7
- Under 25s FREE
* available to members of Biggar Music or Moffat Music Society and to adults accompanying a child under 12
Tickets may be purchased from: Box Office, Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre, Eastgate, Peebles, EH45 8AD (Telephone 01721 725777), or online using the button above.