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Talented brothers return to North-East venue for classical music concert

AN acclaimed musical partnership formed by two talented brothers is returning to the North-East by popular demand.

The Scott Brothers will be performing duets in St Cuthbert’s Chapel at Ushaw, on the outskirts of Durham, at 2pm on Saturday, August 17.

The programme will include original works for piano and organ as well as their own arrangements of well-known classical works.

The brothers, who grew up in Manchester and studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, have released several CDs on their own label and have amassed more than 12 million online video views. Recent performances have included concerts in Germany, Spain, Belgium, France, Norway and Taiwan.

Tom, 38, made his concerto debut with the Halle Orchestra when he was just 17. He is also a keen artist and animator and has completed commissions for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra to create animations to accompany live concerts.

Jonathan, 44, whose recent performance with the BBC Philharmonic was broadcast on BBC Radio 3, said: “We love playing at Ushaw because it’s a beautiful setting and it’s such a nice place to play because the audience is so close. You get the best of both worlds – intimacy combined with the acoustics of a cathedral-sized chapel.”

The brothers first played at Ushaw last September and this year’s performance will include much-loved classics such as Rhapsody in Blue, Danse Macabre, the Barber of Seville Overture, and The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.

Lucy Jenkins, Ushaw’s Culture and Heritage manager, said: “The Scott Brothers are in demand around the world and it is a real coup for Ushaw to have them back amid the spectacular setting of St Cuthbert’s Chapel.”

The brothers start a European tour in Switzerland in September, combining Tom’s animations and Jonathan playing the music. Other highlights include performing in South Korea and Singapore next year.

Tickets for the Ushaw concert are £10 and can be purchased at www.ushawboxoffice.com.