Past Performances

A Serenade to Music - Melrose Music Festival Preview Concert

Sat, 11 May 2024

The concert was conducted and presented by Robert Marshall and we were joined by scottish composer and conductor, Sir James MacMillan, who talked about his life and career in music.

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  • Borders Chamber Orchestra conducted by Derrick Morgan, Assistant Conductor of the RSNO and featuring professional orchestral harpist Ellie Hetherington
    • Ralph Vaughan Williams - Serenade to Music in conjunction with Borders Chamber Choir
    • Constant Lambert - Aubade Heroique 
    • Sergei Rachmaninoff - Intermezzo from his opera Aleko
  • Borders Chamber Choir conducted by Robert Marshall
    • A New Song - James MacMillan
    • Air on a G String - Bach/Swingle
    • Benedicam Domino - Robert Johnson
    • Serenade to Music - Vaughan Williams in conjunction with Borders Chamber Orchestra
  • Melrose Vocal Ensemble
    • Lobet Den Herrn - J S Bach
    • A Duet in Eight Parts

Bach - St John Passion

Sat, 30 Mar 2024
Borders Chamber Choir performed the St John Passion on Saturday 30th March 2024 in Melrose Parish Church with 5 professional soloists and accompanied by the Borders Chamber Orchestra.

Tom Raskin (Evangelist) is a tenor with the BBC Singers and The Sixteen and has performed many roles both in the UK and abroad
Georgie Malcolm (Soprano) is fast establishing herself as a versatile singer of opera, oratorio and song.
Judy Brown (Alto) is a Scottish singer based in London, singing a wide range of early, classical and contemporary music for mezzo-soprano/contralto. She is an experienced recitalist, consort, opera and oratorio singer.
Chris Elliott (Tenor) is a Lyric Tenor with bases in Scotland, Northumberland, London &
New York. He is best known for opera and oratorio
Jon Stainsby (Bass) is a lyric baritone establishing a varied career in opera, oratorio and recital.

Winter Concert

Sat, 17 Feb 2024

Conductor: Alison Rushworth
Leader: Cath Cormie
Soprano: Claire Taylor

Mozart: Overture to La Clemenza di Tito
Mozart: Aria "Parto, parto ma tu ben mio" from La Clemenza di Tito
Dvorak: Czech Suite Op.39
Elgar: Serenade for Strings Op.20
Beethoven: Symphony No.2

We had our second concert last Saturday and were delighted to see so many in the audience. Thanks to all our musicians who gave a wonderful performance with only one rehearsal on the afternoon of the concert! Claire Taylor gave a beautiful rendition of the aria “Parto, parto” as well as leading the 2nd violins for the remainder of the concert. Thanks also to our volunteers who provided teas and coffees throughout the afternoon and at the interval, fed the orchestra between the rehearsal and the concert and looked after front of house. We have had some lovely feedback regarding how much both the musicians and members of the audience enjoyed the concert and, in addition, we raised over £1,000 for Marie Curie!

Inaugural Concert

Sat, 4 Nov 2023
Saturday 4th November 2023
Melrose Parish Church

Conductor: Robert Dick
Leader: Cath Cormie

Mozart: Overture "The Impresario"
Haydn: Symphony No. 101 "The Clock"
Borders Chamber Choir Showcase
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Our inaugural concert was a great success with lots of positive feedback from members of the audience and our orchestral musicians. Thanks to Robert Dick, our conductor, who did a brilliant job in getting us to performance standard after only one rehearsal. The Borders Chamber Choir also performed for the first time, singing 4 pieces beautifully, a capella, at the end of our first half.  Thanks also to our volunteers who handed out the interval teas and coffees and fed the orchestra between the rehearsal and the concert.

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