Knitting two together at Forfar Arts Guild

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THE FORFAR Arts Guild will welcome two close friends who are as likely to be knitting together as practising and performing together tonight (Thursday).

Pianist Alison Farr and violinist Kerenza Peacock have been friends since meeting at the Royal Academy of Music in 1998. Kerenza went on to forge a career as leader of the well-known Pavao string quartet as well as soloist with many of the major orchestras, playing with musicians as diverse as John Lill and Sir Willard White, to Rod Stewart, Noel Gallagher and Paul McCartney (and session player for film and TV recordings, including the X-factor).

Alison, as winner of many prizes, awards and competitions, has performed as soloist and chamber musician in almost of Britain’s most prestigious venues, and abroad has performed in Moscow, Paris, Israel and the Gulf States, as well as being a regular guest performer on board P&O and Cunard cruise ships. It’s here she and Kerenza enjoy themselves travelling and performing together, enjoying the sights of the world as well as the wools and patterns of the countries they visit.

All are welcome tonight (Thursday) at 7.30 p.m. in the East and Old Church hall, Chapel Street, where their hands will be otherwise engaged, tinkling the ivories and stroking the strings as they perform a delightfully varied programme of Mozart, Elgar and Dvorak sonatas.

And they will also be championing the girls in the form of a sonata by 18th Century singer and composer Francesca Lebrun, who wrote several sonatas for fortepiano and violin, as well as being the most sought-after singer of her day, and the current ‘must-play’ composer of the moment, American Amy Beach, who died in 1944 leaving a legacy of large-scale orchestral works, sacred choral works, chamber and piano music and a large body of songs.