Premiere of work that turns paintings and poems into music

Borders-based musician Greg Harradine, who lives in Earlston with his wife and two young children, is scheduled to perform his Caledonian Paintings for Solo Piano at the beautiful Gallery at Paxton House near the Dunes on Friday (March 10).

The work is Harradine’s labor of love with the eight compositions inspired by the work of eight painters, poets and other artists living in Scotland today.

He said: Can a poem or a painting be turned into a piano piece? I think it can, and that’s what I’ve tried to do with my Caledonian boards. At the concert I will discuss all eight works, how they were composed, and how many artists have inspired them.”

The artists involved are a diverse group of folk from all over Scotland: poets Janet Ayachi and JL Williams, visual artists Kirsty Cohen, Peter King and Tom Davidson, sculptor Michelle Du Bruin, ceramist Lara Scobie and performance artist Claire Cunningham.

Harradine, who was influenced by the classical and popular traditions, interviewed all of them to allow their artistic styles to influence his own compositions.

Composer and pianist, Harradine is influenced by both classical and popular traditions, finding particular inspiration in the natural world, as well as in other art forms, especially literature and paintings.

His work, since his graduation in 2010, has been a diverse mix of composition for stage and concert hall and a growing catalog of solo piano music.

Harradine was composer-in-residence at the Soho Theater in London, a position that resulted from winning the Cameron Mackintosh Resident Composer Award in 2014.

Friday show starts at 7:30pm. To learn more and book a ticket, click here here.

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