Babayaga has a Christmas date at Gatehouse

Karen Dufour
Karen Dufour

The unusual grouping of Babayaga - Karen Dufour, saxophone – and Gwen Sinclair, harp - will be with the Gatehouse Music Society on Thursday 1 December at 7.30pm.

They met while studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) and have made this musical partnership to discover new and original repertoire for saxophone and harp. As well as their ensemble work together, both musicians enjoy orchestral playing and working with other artists in different combinations.

Following graduation from the RSAMD in 2004 with a BA(Hons) and PGDipMusic (Performance), Gwen has enjoyed a varied freelance career playing with professional orchestras, and working in chamber groups. She is the clarsach instructor at the Glasgow Gaelic School and the pedal harp teacher in the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s junior department. She is involved with the traditional music scene in both Scotland and Wales.

Karen is a soprano saxophonist who gained a Masters degree in Saxophone Performance at the RSAMD. During her studies and since, she has won a number of awards and now enjoys a varied career in chamber and orchestral music. She is the soprano saxophonist in the award winning quartet Sax Ecosse which performs in Europe as well as the UK.

In this concert the audience will hear music by Debussy and Schumann before the interval, and thereafter the artists will introduce them to their recent arrangement of Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’ for harp and saxophone.

This is an open event and will take place in Gatehouse Parish Church at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available at the door and students and school children are free.

Contact Numbers: 01557 814 887 or 01557 331 570.

Afgter the last concert, a spokesperson for the society said: “We sailed into the new season with a very lively concert from Swing 2016. A considerable following of local jazz enthusiasts was attracted, particularly by Seonaid Aitken who is known as the leader, violin player and vocalist of the jazz group ‘Rose Room’. She did not disappoint. Her singing and playing were a perfect foil and enhancement to the guitars of John Russell and Stephen Coutts, and the bass of Roy Percy who all shone in vignettes of their own. Their enjoyment of playing in ensemble was infectious and set the tone of the evening.”