Netherlee on the classical music map

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PROFESSIONAL musicians living in East Renfrewshire are set to put Netherlee on the musical map with a series of classical concerts.

Cellist Martin Storey and colleagues at the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra are putting a long-held plan into action and bringing a small-scale version to their home turf, at Netherlee Church.

Martin, who has lived in Netherlee for three years, told The Extra: “There are lots of us in the area - myself as principal cellist, as well as principals in clarinet, bassoon, trumpet and viola and many other members and guest players.

“Our little community of musicians has done one or two concerts in the past, and we’ve always been asked about the possibility of doing more.

“It just seems very fortuitous to have these people around, so we thought we’d start a proper series, where we could play the great chamber music works and share with the community the wealth of talent that lives here.”

The focus is on small scale chamber pieces to match the “beautiful space” of Netherlee church, with a rotation of musicians at each performance.

Martin added: “Initially, we’re planning about three concerts per year, including the established Christmas concert, and we’re also hoping to have children’s concerts and lunchtime performances in the future.

“We hope some of the BBC SSO supporters will come, but really the focus is on local people.

“There are so many music supporters in the area, and a lot of young musicians coming from East Renfrewshire schools, as well as parents who are interested in the music.

“We hope that from here, it will go from strength to strength.”

The first concert takes place Saturday, May 25, at 7.30pm, and will feature Martin alongside wife and violinist Kanako Ito, Laura Samuel (the new leader of the SSO), Scott Dickinson (viola) and Yann Ghiro (clarinet).

The programme includes Boccherini’s Sonata for Violin and Cello, Beethoven’s String Trio in C minor and the Clarinet Quintet by Mozart.

Tickets are £8 (£5 concession, children free) from the door, or from 637 2503.