18th October 2019: Alastair Savage and Alice Allen
Fiddle player Alastair Savage was born and raised in Ardrossan, on the Ayrshire coast. He attended the Douglas Academy Music School before going to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and the Royal Academy of Music before joining the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. In addition to his orchestral career, he also works regularly with other groups throughout the country, both as a chamber musician and as a traditional fiddle player.
Alice Allen is from Aberdeenshire and formerly young artist in residence with the Scottish Ensemble. Now one of Scotland’s top freelance cellists, she works with many of the country’s leading performing groups including the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and the Brodick Quartet.
29th November 2019: Tim Kliphuis Trio
The Tim Kliphuis Trio comprises Tim Kliphuis (violin), Roy Percy (bass) and Nigel Clark (guitar). No strangers to West Kilbride, they are internationally renowned for their stunning blend of gypsy jazz, classical and folk. Tim is widely regarded as Stephane Grappelli’s heir and, with Scots Percy and Clark, he displays a playful inventiveness that has wowed audiences internationally.
17th January 2020: Brass Tracks
Brass Tracks is one of Scotland’s most exciting and engaging brass quintets. They are dedicated to making all music accessible, whether it be 500 years old or something a little more contemporary. Brass Tracks have also featured in a number of live and studio recordings, including BBC One’s prime-time crime drama, Rillington Place.
21st February 2020: Duo Arnicans
Duo Arnicans comprises Florian Arnicans (cello), whose roots are in Germany, and Arta Arnicane (piano), who was born in Latvia. The Duo have performed in numerous concerts and recitals at home and abroad. Their first international concert tour took place in the autumn of 2014, when they had great success in Scotland, England (London) and Latvia (Riga).
27th March 2020: Opera Alba
Opera Alba offer a wide-ranging repertoire, from opera’s greatest hits to traditional Scottish favourites and more. Each member of Opera Alba has extensive experience of appearing on the professional operatic stage and on the concert platform. Catriona Clark (soprano), Grace Maria Wain (mezzo-soprano), Connor Smith (tenor), Steven Faughey (baritone) and Derek Clark (piano accompanist) bring together a wealth of virtuosity, experience and personality.
17th April 2020: The Ayoub Sisters.
Since making their Royal Albert Hall debut in 2016, Scottish – Egyptian sisters Sarah and Laura Ayoub have had a meteoric start to their career. Signed to Decca Records in partnership with Classic FM, the multi-instrumentalist sisters recorded their debut album with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which debuted at No.1 in the Official Classical Artist Albums Chart. The duo have performed across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia with highlights including appearances at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, London Palladium, The Embassy of Egypt, The Cairo Opera House, touring with choirmaster Gareth Malone and a record-breaking debut in China of 13 performances in 4 days.