Feast for the ears with the Barony Ensemble

Clarinetist Jean Johnson is one of the four musicians performing as the Barony Ensemble.
Clarinetist Jean Johnson is one of the four musicians performing as the Barony Ensemble.

Local charity Angus Arts is once again hosting a world-class live music concert at the acoustically brilliant Dickson Hall in Laurencekirk on Friday (December 5) at 7.30 p.m.

They will welcome the fabulous Edinburgh-based group Barony Ensemble which comprises 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), one of Britain’s leading violists, performs internationally as a soloist and chamber with recent highlights including live BBC3 recitals with the London Conchord Ensemble.

Maria MacDonell, co-creative director of Angus Arts, said: “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. The vibrant colours and sumptuous melodies of each piece will ensure a feast for the ears from start to finish.

“It really is a privilege to bring musicians of such a high quality to this very rural area, We’re really looking forward to hosting Barony Ensemble in this lovely venue, and with a location that is so easily accessible from the A90 we are hoping to attract people of all ages from Angus, Aberdeenshire and beyond.”

Angus Arts thank Enterprise Music Scotland for helping to make this event possible.

Tickets (£10 adult, £5 student/child concession) can be booked by phoning 01561 298173/01356 648669/01356 670304.