Biggar Music Club's inaugural concert took place in the town's Municipal Hall on Wednesday 13 January 1960. At the piano was Agnes Walker, accompanying Tryphena Nixon (contralto), and tickets cost 3/6d. At a preliminary meeting of 'invited music lovers' in September 1959, called to consider the formation of a music club, one gentleman had "shown himself possessed of little hope that the proposed venture would be a success", so the persevering enthusiasts must have been delighted by the sale of 155 tickets. Agnes Walker's own piano was brought from nearby Symington for the occasion - the round trip, plus its "dismemberment and reconstruction" under the skilled eye of a piano tuner cost three guineas.

The first piano owned by the Club was a Steinway grand, bought in March 1960 for £20 "from a lonely cottage near Turnhouse, Edinburgh, where the piano owner lived under the shadow of eviction". Club committee member Mr. Herd who had been authorised to purchase the instrument, was appointed 'Custodian of the Piano'. Alas, within two years it transpired that this piano was not up to the standard required by visiting musicians and a rebuilt Steinway was bought from Steinway in London, and ceremoniously unlocked by Iris Loveridge before her recital on 26 October 1964. The Club's guest pianists have been playing on that same Steinway ever since, and glowing compliments in the Visitors' Book testify to its outstanding tone.

More than fifty years since that very first recital, Biggar Music continues to bring world-class performers and a wide range of music to Biggar, enriching the cultural life of the town and surrounding villages in South Lanarkshire. For details of this season's concerts go to our Programme page.


BMC Committee Members

Mike Chad (Chairman)

Margaret Filshie (Secretary)

John Colles (Treasurer)

Tom Matthews

Ted Gordon

Joanne Grant

Irene Lancaster

Malcolm Crosby

Susan Crosby

Coming Soon

06
Oct
Doric String Quartet   Alex Redington violin Jonathan Stone violin Hélène Clément viola John Myerscough cello   HAYDN String Quartet

23
Oct
NEW FOCUS OCTET Konrad Wiszniewski  saxophones  Euan Stevenson  piano   Andrew Robb  bass Alyn Cosker  drums The Glasgow String Quartet Nicola Wiszniewska

17
Nov
ANNA FEDOROVA  piano   PROGRAMME: BEETHOVEN  Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 57 Appassionata SCRIABIN  Piano Sonata No. 2, in C sharp minor, Op.19 CHOPIN

08
Dec
Five top wind players

Latest Updates

GREAT NEWS!

Opera Bohemia returns to Lanark Memorial Hall on 

Saturday 19th August at 7.30

with Bizet's Pearl Fishers

Monica McGhee, Leila

Thomas Kinch, Nadir and

Douglas Nairne, Zurga.

The Opera Bohemia Ensemble and a Chamber Chorus will be conducted by Alistair Digges.

Tickets from Lanark Memorial Hall or 01555 667999

 

The Doric String Quartet will present the Opening Concert in Biggar Music’s new winter season 2017 - 2018. It will follow the Welcome Supper in the Municipal Hall for members and their guests, at 6.45 for 7.00 p.m. 

Tickets for the Buffet, including wine, are £12, and must be booked by 2nd October

Doric String Quartet - Friday 6th October 2017

New Focus Octet - Monday 23rd October 2017

Anna Fedorova, piano - Friday 17th November 2017 - please note change of date

Arctic Winds - Friday 8th December 2017

Emily Norris and Friends - Sunday 4th February 2018 at 2.30pm

Meadows Orchestra - Sunday 25th February 2018

Schubert Ensemble - Thursday 8th March 2018.

Details of repertoire to follow.

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