Please note: This concert is in the past and has already taken place.


Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre
Scottish Borders
EH45 8AD


Astor PiazzollaMilonga del Angel
Astor PiazzollaLo Que Vendra
Traditional ArgentinianTango music (A Media Luz, Nostalgias, El Choclo)
Astor PiazzollaFive Tango Sensations: no.3, Anxiety
Astor PiazzollaOblivion
~ Interval ~
Will ToddBirthday Quartet
Astor PiazzollaThe Four Seasons of Buenos Aires


Julian Rowlands – bandoneon

Santiago Quartet

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Programme Note

Violinist Rowan Bell makes a welcome return to his native Peebles, this time as leader of the London-based Santiago Quartet. They are joined by Julian Rowlands, ‘one of the UK’s few genuinely accomplished players of the bandoneon [an Argentinian form of accordion]’ (Venue magazine).

Of course, it is the spirit of the tango that pervades the concert, from three traditional tango tunes to the nuevo tango of Astor Piazzolla, exclusively arranged for string quartet and bandoneon, echoing the haunting sound of the composer's own quintet. The quartet alone plays the Birthday Quartet, commissioned from Will Todd and described as ‘complex, approachable, moving and attractive’. The concert ends with Piazzolla’s soulfully descriptive evocation of the changing seasons in the Argentine capital.

Rowan Bell, violin
Johanna McWeeney, violin
Cressida Wislocki, viola
Jonathan Hennessey-Brown, cello

The Santiago Quartet with Julian Rowlands

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