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We are glad to announce the return of New Town Concerts to a refurbished Queen's Hall with the first live concert they have been able to present for more than 18 months.

Mendelssohn Variations Concertantes Op 17
Fauré Sonata No.1 for cello and piano
César Franck Sonata in A for cello and piano (arr. Delsart)

It seemed right to invite Edinburgh born Philip Higham to inaugurate their return with his regular duo partner Alasdair Beatson in a programme of Romantic works for cello and piano by Mendelssohn, Fauré and César Franck. Philip is famliar to Edinburgh audiences in his role as principal cellist of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, but he is also a passionate chamber musician; and his performances with Perth born Alasdair, now both an acclaimed soloist and the regular chamber pianist for the celebrated Nash Ensemble, have brought plaudits for "highly sensitive playing of rare insight" (Classic FM Magazine).

Because of the longer term uncertainties of the Covid situation New Town Concerts are presenting this concert as a separate autumn duo with the Amatis Piano Trio on Monday 22 November to allow for some flexibility in the familiar routines of live concert-going and booking arrangements. In common with other concert promoters, both concerts will be slightly shorter with no interval, and seating will be 1 metre physically distanced. Read The Queen's Hall's safety measures in full here.

New Town Concerts gratefully acknowledges that they have received financial support from Chamber Music Scotland through funding provided by Creative Scotland.

They also gratefully acknowledge funding for this concert from the Dunard Fund and Penpoint Charitable Trust and from individual donors.

Presented by New Town Concerts

Image credit: Kaupo Kikkas

Philip Higham & Alasdair Beatson