Two talented touring companies to descend on Berwickshire

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THERE’S a treat in store for lovers of the arts in three Berwickshire communities in the coming weeks as two much-loved companies bring their latest shows to the region.

Both the Scottish Romance Orchestra and Rowan Tree Theatre have gained their fair share of fans over the years thanks to their impressive performances and now both are embarking on new tours which will take in Coldingham, Coldstream and Duns.

The latter is first up for the Scottish Romance Orchestra when they descend on the town’s Volunteer Hall, tomorrow night, Friday, September 23, at 7.30pm.

The Scottish Romance Orchestra is a group of 15 players, based on the Nenthorn String Quartet and drawn from a pool of musicians who love to entertain.

Dedicated to providing audiences with unashamedly popular music – songs from the shows and tunes from film and television that everyone loves, the orchestra remains popular wherever it performs.

The orchestra will be joined tomorrow night by Edinburgh born tenor John Marshall, who has performed with the Scottish and English National Opera and Tyneside’s Julie Pendleton , who has sung at The Sage, Gateshead and Durham Cathedral.

The orchestra, will also be calling into Coldstream Community Centre on Saturday, October 8, a venue also on the list for Rowan Tree, who will arrive in the town on Friday, October 14 with their new production ‘Sins of The Father’.

This year has been an interesting one for Rowan Tree; they have bid farewell to their much-loved artistic director and founder member Judy Steel, and new chair, Helen Currie said they are “heading in a new direction.”

And a play written by a Borderer seems like a fitting way to start a new era.

Helen explained: “‘Sins of the Father’, by Selkirk’s Tom Murray, is the outcome of a playwriting competition we launched last year. We had some fantastic entries it was hard to choose just one winner but Tom’s really stood out.

“The play is abut two young people, Emma and Robert, who on meeting for the first time hope to sort out problems begun when their parents knew each other many years ago.

“It is a tense and passionate piece which unfolds as the leading characters learn of the consequences of their parents’ behaviour.

“It’s both gripping and emotional and we are all very excited about touring the Borders with it.”

‘Sins of the Father’ is first calling in at Coldingham Hall on Thursday, October 6.

Tickets for both performances are priced at £7/£5 (under 18s). Coldingham tickets can be purchased from Coldingham Post Office or www.coldingham.info and Coldstream ones from Clarks newsagents.

Tickets for the Community Centre performance by the Romance Orchestra are available from the same venue, while tickets for their concert in Duns are available from Nairns or on the door.