Scottish Borders
EH45 8AD


Prices: £14 (£7 if accompanying child under 12); free entry for under-25s in full-time education
Season tickets: £70
Booking line: 01721 725777


~ Interval ~


– bandoneon

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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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