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Safety first as live music gets set for a comeback

By Ian Duncan

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Ian Sharp.
Ian Sharp.

Two Black Isle musicians will take part in a live concert in front of a socially-distanced audience this weekend.

It has been organised by Cromarty Arts Trust and will feature Simon Evans on violin and Ian Sharp on piano.

The classical recital, which has been christened Music 4, Tier 1 Concert, will be held at the Stables, in Cromarty, from 3pm on Sunday.

The trust has been successfully running its weekend arts and crafts courses since the end of August, under the banner of arts and education, with strict Covid procedures and precautions in place.

But, like many venues the world over, they have been saddened and frustrated at having to cancel a year’s worth of programmed live music, theatre and other events – that is until now.

Simon Evans.
Simon Evans.

With the Scottish Government’s recent tier/level system in place the Highlands is now officially able to host small events in indoor settings.

The Trust jumped at the opportunity to test audience reaction to being able to return to venues and organised the weekend’s event.

The programme will feature Beethoven’s Sonata for Piano and Violin No 4 Op 23 in A Minor, Dvorak Sonatina Op 100 in G Major and some shorter pieces by Brahms, Massenet and Rachmaninov.

Georgia Macleod, the arts development officer, said: “We’re so excited to be hosting live music again for the first time since early March. If our fully-booked courses are anything to go by, the demand to venture out and soak up some culture and creativity is high.

“Being able to enjoy a quality performance without a computer screen between yourself and the artist will feel quite novel.

“We realise that some of our regular audience may still feel too nervous to attend but we are confident that with limited numbers, distancing, extra cleaning, temperature checks, sanitiser and mandatory mask-wearing, everyone’s safety has been considered as much as possible.”

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