Duns flautist centre stage at Yeholm Sinfonia concert

A DUNS flautist will be at the heart of the action as Yetholm Sinfonia give their first concert of 2011 on Saturday.

GP Simon McCann has been with the Sinfonia since its inception in 2006 and the weekend’s performance at Kelso Old Parish Church will be the orchestra’s 50th concert.

Simon is one of two soloists taking stage on Saturday; he will be joined by Edinburgh oboe teacher Christopher Crosby, after the duo went down a storm when they topped the bill at a Sinfonia concert last February.

Simon, who said he ended up playing the flute because “there were no trumpets left at my primary school,” has played with the National Youth Orchestra and the Edinburgh-based Scottish Sinfonia.

Since moving to Duns in 1990 Simon has been involved with the Scottish Borders Community Orchestra, several operatic, choral and chamber groups, and the flute quartet ‘Fluteworks’ and has thoroughly enjoyed his time with Yetholm Sinfonia so far.

He commented: “It is an orchestra full of skilful musicians and provides a unique opportunity for us all to explore challenging repertoire, and for our audience to hear popular and unfamiliar (but always interesting) music.

“Chris and I performed the Fugal Concerto by Gustav Holst last year and I am looking forward to performing the Moscheles Concertante alongside Chris in Saturday’s concert. It is a terrific piece, with many good tunes.”

Tickets for the show, which starts at 7.30pm cost £8 (friends £6, students free) and are on sale in Kelso as usual at Latimer’s Book Shop, Oven Wynd (behind Boots), and Hector Innes Photography on the market square. You can also get them by telephoning 01573 420 279.