Second lunchtime concert features acclaimed pianist at Brodie Castle

THE SECOND IN the summer season of ‘Music for Lunch’ concerts in the grounds of the historic Brodie Castle near Forres will take place early next month.

Held in the splendour of the Victorian drawing room of the National Trust for Scotland (NTS) property, the concert will be led by Christina Lawrie – described as a pianist of “formidable intellect and boundless technique”.

NTS property Manager, Shona Ferguson is delighted with the event series and says: “The Drawing Room is very special and an ideal venue as the acoustics are exceptional. We know that the venue is perfect to showcase such a brilliant musician.”

The lunchtime recital will be on Tuesday, August 8 at 12.00pm and will feature the Scottish pianist’s full repertoire. Christina will be playing pieces by Handel, Schubert and Rachmaninov over the lunchtime period in the stunning surroundings of the castle.

She has performed as a live soloist on BBC Radio 3 and Radio Scotland broadcasts, in recitals at Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room, Leeds International Concert Season, St George’s, Bristol and Perth Concert Hall – and many concertos including the Grieg Concerto with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Christina also works as a song pianist and chamber musician, collaborating with artists including her violinist husband Marcus Barcham Stevens.

Shona said: “After the 45-minute recital by Christina, lunch will be available as an option in the Castle Tea Room. Our Tea Room team always go that extra mile and I know that it will be a wonderful finish to a very special event.”

The’ Music for Lunch’ series is coordinated by Bernardo Mantilla Baca, a resident of Brodie, and is a collaborative cultural exchange programme project between the National Trust for Scotland, Music Nairn, Findhorn Bay Arts and Fundacion Teatro Bolivar.

It provides the opportunity for locals and visitors alike to experience top quality live music in the splendour and atmosphere of Brodie Castle. The Drawing Room has an impressive art collection many of which can be seen whilst listening to this live piano recital.

Shona concluded: “The venue is perfect for such a world class performance. We are very lucky to have the opportunity to host this very special concert series of ‘Music for Lunch’ at Brodie.’

“Ticket price is £15 per person (£12 for children under 10) for the recital admission. For more information, including detail of the music repertoire visit the website  or ring 01309 641371.

“Tickets are limited to ensure each concert goer has the very best of experiences, so we would urge those interested to book their tickets quickly!,”