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

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The opening concert was a joy for members and visitors alike, so now's the time to plan ahead for the next one in the midst of the Festival.  Tickets can be booked through the Festival Box Office.

Your season ticket also gives you access to concerts in Lanark and Peebles for half price - well worth the money.  If you have not yet renewed membership, there is still good value in joining for seven concerts at the price of five and comes with a complimentary ticket so you can bring a friend.   A particular welcome to those who have joined for the first time.

Next concert is Moishe's Bagel on 24th October, in the Biggar Little Festival, with a mix of Klezmer, jazz and Latin music, then the Pomegranate Piano Trio on 14th November and Maxwell String Quartet with Anna Hashimoto making up the clarinet quintet on 7th December.

After Christmas, 17th January sees the Navarra String Quartet, Sunday afternoon, 10th February, is the BBC Young Musician winner, saxophonist Jess Gillam, with pianist Zeynep OzsucaSarah Beth Briggs returns on 8th March with her wonderful piano mastery and we end the season on 25th March with the A4 Brass Quartet, winners of the Tunnell prize.

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