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Saturday 23 September 7.30pm

In the wordless communication that passes between Orcadian fiddler Catriona Price and Peebles harpist Esther Swift as they perform, the strength of their decade-long musical partnership, friendship and shared humour is evident. It’s this depth of connection, and tangible desire to have fun, that gives Twelfth Day its extra edge.

In their own words, this is not so much a duo, but a two person quartet. Their two distinctly different voices, with the fiddle, and the pedal harp, build layer upon layer of a complex and ever-evolving sound, rich with rhythm, harmony and texture.

Twelfth Day are happy to be hard to define. Classically trained, they bring outstanding technical ability as well as an adventurous mix of folk, jazz and classical influences to their compositions and arrangements – blended with the folklore and inspirations of their respective Scottish Highland and Lowland upbringings.


Catriona Price & Esther Swift
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Sunday 1 October 2.30pm

A number of string quartets from the RNCM have performed at the Heron over the years.  Some continue to work together, going on to great things in the music world.

On this occasion we shall be entertained by The Mowbski Quartet, a young and enthusiastic ensemble formed in 2016,comprising recent graduates from the RNCM, winners of the Hirsch prize for chamber music.

  • Emily Mowbray               violin
  • William Chadwick          violin
  • Juliette Kowalski            viola
  • Miriam Brown                 cello
JOSEPH HAYDN String Quartet in B flat major Op 76 No 4 ‘Sunrise’
GYÖRGY LIGETI String Quartet No 1 ‘Métamorphoses Nocturnes’
FRANZ SCHUBERT String Quartet in D minor No 14 ‘Death and the Maiden’


Royal Northern College of Music

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