Dear Members and Friends,

I hope I find you well, and surviving in these extraordinary times.

Alkyona Quartet

Normally at this time of year we would be sending out membership application forms for next season. Circumstances have dictated that for this coming season we need to adopt a different approach, to try and cope with some of the uncertainties we are faced with.

To briefly recap on where we now find ourselves, I can confirm that our opening concert, The Marriage of Figaro, scheduled for 20th Aug, has been cancelled. Regrettably, social distancing restrictions made the production unviable, so Opera Bohemia have had to cancel their tour.

The remaining six concerts of the season should all take place as follows :

Maxwell QuartetPostponed – For full details see Stop Press

Mark O’Keefe & Sasha Savaloni  (Trumpet & Guitar) – Sun 10th Jan 2021 @3.00pm – County Buildings, Wigtown

Kowalski – Reyes Duo (Piano and Cello) –  Cinema, Newton Stewart  – Sun 7th Feb 2021 @3.00pm

Chamber Philharmonic Europe – Sun 7th March 2021 @3.00pm – Cinema, Newton Stewart.

Trio Ecossaise (Piano, Cello, Violin) – Sun 25th April 2021 @7.30pm – Cinema, Newton Stewart.

Alkyona String QuartetRescheduled – Sun 21st Nov 2021 @3.00pm – Cinema, Newton Stewart

Chamber Philharmonic EuropeDuring the past few weeks we have spoken with all the musicians involved, and we have agreed to hold these concerts, whilst taking into account whatever social distancing restrictions may apply at that time.  This will mean that audience numbers have to be reduced in some venues, but we take the view that however small an audience we have, it is better than no audience at all.  All these young musicians are desperate to start performing again, and we feel the need to support them to the best of our ability.

Due to the evolving legislation, we must deal with each concert separately.

Tickets for each concert should be available approximately 6 weeks before the performance date.

General admission to all of the concerts will be £10.00 per person.  Under 26’s and Job Seekers will be free.

Membership cards are being sent to all those persons who were members in the 2019-2020 season, and on production of these cards you will receive admission at the reduced price of £8.00 per person.

Trio EcossaiseFor those of you who still hold tickets for the Trio Ecossaise concert on 29th March 2020, and which we had to cancel, I can confirm these tickets will be accepted for their concert on April 25th, 2021.

It would greatly assist our planning efforts if you could indicate on the Attached Sheet, (Word) which of the six concerts you think you might attend. Please either email or post your responses.

If anyone has any questions or comments, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Thank you all so much for your past support, and we very much look forward to seeing you all again soon.


Jim Anderson, Chairman

The Music Club committee thank you for your support and help in keeping classical music alive and well in this beautiful part of Scotland.