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A window on Scotland’s musical diversity

Scotland’s musical diversity is to be showcased in a London concert 18 December 2018 by an international ensemble that draws on the exemplary talents of artists from Scotland, Poland and Armenia.

The group’s performance features Paul Livingston on viola, Ani Batikian on violin and Paulina Mikolajczky on cello.

The one-hour concert takes place at the South Kensington centre’s familiar and famous marble fountain (pictured), scene of many a Music@One event of astounding beauty and verve.

These afternoon events are a regular draw, not least for aficionadi literally straying off the street into this handsome oasis of calm. In unobtrusive harmony with the soothing trickle and flow of the water, artists fuse the instrumental and vocal music of myriad cultures and civilisations within the wider remit of this multipurpose space.

Armenia is the farthest east of musical traditions represented by Batikian’s violin. It borders Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia and some contentious territories in the southern Caucasus. It’s an area where a  global network, AKDN, and its numerous charitable and voluntary  activities regularly influence the lives of millions in numerous ways. A Music Initiative fusing innovation and tradition in far-flung communities is one of them.

Mikolajczky, from Poland, in a sense, represents one of the largest emergent communities born of the United Kingdom’s embrace of the European Union — an embrace which currently is at risk of being interrupted by political happenings.

Livingston, born in Perth, Scotland, interprets an impressive range of classicist, folk and traditional explorations that seem to resonate with followers of other disciplines near and far in the musical universe.

In 1988 at age 17 Livingston won scholarship to study at Scotland’s Royal Conservatoire. He later studied in Berlin with Mark Gothóni, in Salzburg with Igor Ozim and more recently with Bruno Giuranna at the Accademia Walter Stauffer in Cremona, Italy.

Livingston has also performed in China, Taiwan and elsewhere and worked with contemporary music luminaries including Sir James MacMillan CBE, Eddie McGuire and John Maxwell Geddes, who died in 2017.

So, if you are out for a stroll in the capital’s bracing winter, suggest the organisers, drop in for a festive munch at mince pies. © SR

> Tuesday, 18 December 2018. Doors 12.45pm for 1.00pm. Free, no booking required, but early seating is recommended. The Ismaili Centre ( fountain entrance), 1 Cromwell Gardens SW7 2SL.

Author: Editor

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