What’s New at Brunton: Country Music, Orchestra and More

Films and music to celebrate Mother’s Day can be enjoyed at Brunton in Musselburgh as part of its lineup of attractions this month and next.

An afternoon with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra is a treat for mums this Sunday March 27 at 3 p.m.

After a three-year hiatus, the orchestra returns to the Brunton with one of the greatest of all symphonies, Tchaikovsky’s 5th, with its theme of ‘fate’ surrounded by rich music. Principal bassoon David Hubbard delivers a piece of virtuosic fun and melancholic romance from Elgar, and Kellen Gray conducts.

Mothering Sunday (15) is the midweek film for Wednesday April 6th. It tells how, on a hot spring day in 1924, housekeeper and foundling Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) finds herself alone on Mother’s Day. Her employers, Mr. and Mrs. Niven (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman), are out and she has the rare chance to spend an afternoon of abandonment with her secret lover, Paul (Josh O’Connor), the mansion boy next to. He is Jane’s longtime love despite being engaged to another woman, a childhood friend and daughter of her parents’ friends. But events that neither can foresee will forever change the course of Jane’s life.

Other Brunton attractions include Nashville Live – a celebration of country music and the stories behind the hits, performed in the style of a live radio show. The show features music from big names such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton, to the contemporary sounds of Garth Brooks and Dixie Chicks. Classic solos, duets and group harmonies are delivered by an artist cast alongside a stellar live band fronted by 2019 UK Country Musician of the Year, Luke Thomas, tomorrow, Friday 25th March.

Direct from West London, the Chicago Blues Brothers and their 11-piece band bring their hit parade as they sing and dance along to the greatest movie anthems of all time this Saturday, March 26. The concert features songs from Footloose, A Star is Born, Dirty Dancing, The Greatest Showman and the Full Monty along with much-loved Blues Brothers classics.

Produced by Scottish Theater Producers, in association with the Beacon Arts Centre, Stand By, written by a former police officer, also takes place this Saturday, March 26. Audiences are invited to wear single-ear headphones, as police officers do, to tell this urgent story in a multi-sensory way. Four officers are seated in a riot control van. Called into a domestic dispute, which can turn violent, they are on standby – waiting to enter an apartment where a man wields a samurai sword. The audience waits with them, experiencing the relationships, forged by the stress of work and the hustle and bustle of being caught between following orders and protecting themselves.

A theatrical tribute to Edith Piaf – one of France’s most endearing icons – can be enjoyed at Brunton next Thursday, March 31. at the Little Sparrow, appearing on BBC Newsnight and on the BBC Radio 4 series, Soul Music. During her sold-out Edinburgh Fringe tour at the Famous Speigeltent, she fulfilled a lifelong dream of sharing the stage with Charles Dumont, a great friend of Piaf and, above all, composer of Non, Je ne Regrette Rien. They performed several songs together to close the show. PIAF received Fringe laurels for the 2011 and 2012 sold-out show with five-star reviews.

The legendary Sun Records label, famous for Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Rufus Thomas, will come to life on stage on Friday April 1st. A musical visionary, Sam Phillips’ Memphis studio produced hundreds of hits that would influence the world of music for generations to come, such as That’s Alright Mama, Great Balls of Fire, I Walk the Line, Whole Lotta Shakin’, Bear Cat, Blue Suede Shoes and Good Rockin’ Tonight. Rehearsed in an exact replica of Sun Studios, complete with period musical instruments, the concert, which takes audiences back to the birthplace of rock and roll, features a multi-talented cast of singers and musicians.

Irish legends The Fureys, who have been entertaining audiences for 42 years, return to the Musselburgh stage for another evening of music, song and story on Thursday 1 April. They sing their timeless classics including I Will Love You, When You Were Sweet 16, The Green Fields of France and The Old Man as well as songs from their new CD The Times They Are A Changing.

Full information on all events can be found at www.thebrunton.co.uk.

Tickets can be purchased directly from The Brunton’s website or via the box office telephone number 0131 653 5245 which is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

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