Musicians give a ‘Hoot’ with local performance

Returning home: Ellon flautist Emma Wilkins and harpist Helen Macleod will be performing in Ellon Parish Church this coming Sunday 20 November. The pair have performed with ensembles as diverse as the RSNO and Belle and Sebastian
Returning home: Ellon flautist Emma Wilkins and harpist Helen Macleod will be performing in Ellon Parish Church this coming Sunday 20 November. The pair have performed with ensembles as diverse as the RSNO and Belle and Sebastian

Ellon Parish Church is preparing to host an evening concert of flute and harp music, which will see a return home for one of the performing musical duo.

Local flautist Emma Wilkins and harpist Helen Macleod, who together form flute and harp duo ‘Hoot’, will be performing in the church at 3pm on Sunday 20 November. Together, they have won a number of prestigious musical awards, including the 2008-10 Enterprise Music Scotland Residency Project. They have also worked with distinguished musicians including Neil Black and William Bennett through the Tunnell Trust.

Emma began playing the flute at Ellon Primary School, continuing through Ellon Academy before winning a place at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, where she graduated BMus(Hons) and MMus in performance. Both musicians have worked with a diverse range of performers, ranging from the RSNO, BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Northern Sinfonia and the Halle Orchestra, as well as with pop groups Belle and Sebastian and Texas.

The concert, which features tango music by Astor Piazzolla. will also see the duo perform pieces by Debussy, as well as Robert Burns’ ‘Ye Banks and Braes’.

Tickets cost £6 for adults and £4 for concessions and are available either at the door or from Brian and Hazel Wilkins on 01358 721838.