New piano festival
Loaningdale House, to the north of Biggar in Clydesdale, has a rich, varied and sometimes controversial past, and next week a new chapter in its history begins as it hosts a series of piano recitals in its 120-seat auditorium.
Arts at Loaningdale is the initiative of the retired proprietor of the Edinburgh Piano Company, James Cameron, who has retained three instruments from his former business for the project, a modern Steinway and vintage Bosendorfer and Steinway models.
Playing them from Wednesday April 26 to Sunday April 30 will be Angela Hewitt, Nikita Lukinov, Miriam Gomez-Moran, jazz pianist Brian Kellock and duo Worbey and Farrell.
The classical menu opens with Hewitt’s recital of music by Mozart and Beethoven, with Lukinov pairing Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition on Thursday, and Gomez-Moran playing Liszt on Friday.
The new festival is directed by Fiona Finch, who recently established a music festival in France with Scottish pianist Alasdair Beatson, and managed by Miranda Heggie.
Alongside the recitals, which begin at 7.30pm, apart from Hewitt’s 3pm matinee opener, there will be an exhibition of recent works by local artist Sarah Dawnay, and the Steinway concert grand will be available to pianists of all ages and abilities on Saturday’s Open Day, from 10am to 3pm.
Full information and tickets available at artsatloaningdale.org
Picture of Angela Hewitt by Lorenzo Dogana