Posh karaoke at Guild

FORFAR Arts Guild opens its new and, most likely, final season on Thursday (tomorrow) with an evening of musical fireworks in the East and Old Parish Church Hall in the town.

The programme will include movements from Bach’s Partitas and Arvo Part’s ‘Fratres’.

At the hands of violinist Ian Peaston and his laptop the evening takes on an entirely new dimension with every sound heard, from strings and bass to guitar, all produced live as you listen, woven together with a thought-provoking insight into musical creativity and leaving the audience breath-taken and enthralled.

Following his musical studies in the UK and Germany, Ian enjoyed many successful years as a chamber musician and orchestral violinist, with spells as concertmaster and section leader in several prominent ensembles in both Britain and Scandinavia. He was very aware of how classical music was struggling to maintain audiences and bring in younger concert-goers,

He began to explore new ways of presenting live music using electronics, and his work in schools has reignited the interest in instrument-playing and music-making in a whole new generation, bringing them back to Bach, Mozart, etc., with renewed commitment, opening pathways to new thinking to motivate students in their own musical endeavours.

Ian works alone as Violin Variations, but as Essens:1, with friend and clarinetist Per Johansson, he gave a concert at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival which received a five star rating, with the reviewer’s comments: “They create a sensational orchestra of sound, ranging from Mozart with a twist, to a jazzy and jaw-dropping number.

“For an absolutely flawless and unique musical experience, I cannot stress enough the greatness of this show.”

The concert in Forfar starts at 7.30 pm when you are invited along to decide whether this is ‘posh karaoke’, or the way forward. Whatever your thoughts, you’ll be bowled over and enthralled. All are welcome at the door, tickets £7 or children £1.