Sheila organises Paxton House fundraiser

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A NORTHUMBERLAND woman is putting her talents to good use tomorrow night, Friday, June 3, by raising money for the venue she’s performing in.

Accomplished Belford musician, Shiela McQuattie is hosting an evening of chamber music at Paxton House which will see her and fellow musicians Anton Rosenfeld and David Ashbridge, tinkling the ivories, sounding the horn and stringing the fiddle - all in aid of raising funds for the famous Georgian building.

Shiela comes from a musical family and started playing the piano as soon as she could climb onto the piano stool.

At the age of 15 she won a BBC Composition Competition and was awarded a piano scholarship to Trinity College of Music, London.

She has since performed all over the world, published compositions for orchestral works, chamber and choral music and solo pieces and co-authored three books on Practical Musicianship.

Paxton House, is an outstanding example of 18th century architecture and is run by a charitable trust.

The concert came about when a friend who works at the house suggested she might like to use the piano there for practice.

Shiela explained: “Paxton House have been wonderful about letting me use their Steinway Concert Grand Piano and the Picture Gallery has become like a second home to me.

“I wanted to do something in return and as a thank you, so I decided to organise this concert to raise proceeds to support the huge undertaking of preserving Paxton House for future generations.”

Shiela will be joined by violinist David Ashbridge, principal second violin of the St. John’s Chamber Orchestra in London.

His music has been performed most frequently in Brazil where he has recorded many concerts both as violinist and as a conductor.

Being Shiela‘s son, Anton Rosenfeld has been surrounded by music from a young age and was a junior exhibitioner at the Royal Academy of Music.

He has been performing on the horn as a soloist and in orchestras for 30 years.

The concert will begin at 7.30pm.

Tickets are priced £8 and can be purchased in advance by telephoning 01668 219975 or on the door.