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Sunday 19 September 2004

Autumn season of culture has an auspicious start

Yesterday evening was the first concert of the season at Clifton House under the auspices of the Nairn Performing Arts Guild (NPAG).

Valentin Schiedermair, a quite well-known German pianist, gave a recital including works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Scriabin and Schumann. It was very enjoyable and as Clifton House is only a couple of hundred yards from where I live it is very convenient, specially as I don't need to take the car. A coincidental benefit is that I can have a glass of wine prior to the performance and continue to sip it during the evening (the wine glasses there offer generous portions).

Next up on the cultural front are three concerts in early October, the first of Renaissance Music from Scotland at a country house venue near to Nairn (no web link), with the next day a string quartet (Johnston String Quartet), formed a few years ago at the Royal Northern College of Music, in Manchester; it will be at Gordonstoun School, only about a half-hour's drive from here. The next NPAG performance is the following week and will be by the Kodaly Quartet, performing works by Dohnanyi, Mozart and Schubert.

It's a good beginning to an autumn and winter of music in this area.

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