Final lunchtime concert of the Brodie season is revealed

THE FOURTH AND FINAL concert in the Music for Lunch series at Brodie Castle near Forres is to take place on Tuesday, October 31.

Following the success of all three previous concerts in the series, the National Trust for Scotland venue is now hoping to round off the season on a high.

Heading the programme will be the well-respected local pianist Andy Hodge, who has lived in Nairn for the last 29 years and studied at the Royal Marines School of Music on piano and trombone.

Andy is in constant demand with his jazz trio which has performed at all the major venues in Scotland, a residency at the Kingsmills hotel in Inverness for almost 21 years, teaches in Moray at Gordonstoun and works in both the UK and abroad as an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.

The concert will be held in the superb surroundings of the main Victorian Drawing Room at the magnificent Castle, the ancestral home of the Brodie clan for over 800 years.

Property Manager Shona Ferguson is delighted with the event series and says: “We are thrilled to have such a prestigious pianist as Andy Hodge playing at our ‘Music For Lunch’ series at Brodie. 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 begin at 12.00pm and feature the Andy’s full repertoire – he will be playing pieces by Gershwin over the lunchtime period in the stunning surroundings of the Victorian Drawing Room.

Shona added: “After the 45-minute recital by Andy, 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. When visitors step through the fabulous castle entrance, they step back in time to the castle’s glory days, when the Brodie family were one of Scotland’s most prominent families. The Drawing Room has an impressive art collection many of which can be seen whilst listening to this live piano recital.

Shona said: “The venue is perfect for such a wonderful performance. 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.