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Violinist Michael Grube performing at Nunraw Abbey, 26th July


Nunraw Abbey
Thursday 26 July 2018 at 6.45 pm


Donations taken at the end of the concert (Light refreshments provided).


1) Giuseppe TARTINI: “Tasso-Sonata” in D major
(1692 – 1770) Andante cantabile – Allegro assai –
Tasso: Venetian Gondolier Song – Moderato. Allegro assai.

2) Max-Ludwig GRUBE: Sonata No. 1 for violin solo (1925 – 1994) Grave – Presto – Intermezzo –
Passacaglia on B-A-C-H (dedicated to his son Michael).

3) Niccolo PAGANINI: Caprice No. 20 in D major
(1782 – 1840).

4) Gerhard TRACK: Variations on an Afghan folk song (*1934 Wien) (dedicated to Michael Grube).

5) Henri WIENIAWSKI: Andante con espressione
(1835 – 1880) from Etudes-Caprices op.8.

6) Eugene YSAYE: Sonata op. 27/3 “Ballade”
(in one single movement) (1858 – 1931) (dedicated to violinist and composer G. Enespcu) Prélude Nr. 5.

7) Johann Sebastian BACH: Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004 (1685 – 1750) Allemande-Courante-Sarabande-Gigue Chaconne.

Michael Grube – Biographical details:

During his 2018 European concert tour, the internationally renowned and world famous violin virtuoso Michael Grube (Quito, Ecuador), who is considered one of the great violinists of our time, will perform a solo recital with masterpieces of J. S. Bach (Partita D-minor with the famous Chaconne), Paganini, Tartini, Ysaye, Wieniawski, Max-Ludwig Grube and Gerhard Track. His violin was made by the Nicolo Amati family.

Born in 1954, Michael Grube began to play the violin when he was four. Both of his parents were musicians and he received his first training from his father. After a distinguished graduation, Michael Grube studied with some of the most famous violinists and teachers of the time: Max Rostal (Berne), Ivan Galamian (New York) and Henryk Szeryng (Paris, Mexico).
He also studied composition and musicology, his doctorate (USA) is in Philosophy of Music. Michael Grube has given concerts as an invited soloist in a hundred and ten countries of all continents. In addition to many flattering notices, his performances have won him numerous prizes, diplomas and awards of honorary-citizenship. In 2003, he was elected “International Musician of the Year” (violin) in Great Britain.


Garvald Heritage Evening – Great turnout!

Thanks to everyone who came along earlier this month to hear and talk about the heritage that we have right here in Garvald. It was a great turnout – special thanks to those who helped out – especially on the tech front and for the delicious baking.

For those who couldn’t make it, we’d like to take the opportunity to give a brief summary about the evening. It came about because the church is in need of some repair work and a small group (Dave Neillans, Caroline McGregor, Stephanie Leith, Phillip White, Jo Robertson) has been looking at the scope of repair work and funding options. Funders generally like to see community benefit so we are interested to hear about any ideas for increasing use of the church, alongside the regular worship.

At the meeting we presented the idea of the church accommodating a small exhibition about the history of the village. We had become aware of a project involving recording people’s memories of East Lothian, which is being run by Edinburgh University. Recordings gathered in this way could form part of the exhibition, so we went ahead with a pilot interview. We are grateful to Hamish Gibson for agreeing to be our first interviewee – we were able to hear clips from this interview at the meeting. It was great that a number of you expressed interest in this aspect of the project – a great way to capture the many stories about Garvald in living memory.

We also asked everyone who came along to share ideas about use of the church – these included concerts (of various musical genres), information on the graveyard, walks starting and ending at the church, a community exhibition space, weddings, amateur dramatics.

We do not yet know how much the repair work will cost, and have applied for funds for a condition survey to be undertaken. This will give us a target figure for fundraising. We are setting up a Friends Group for the church which will have its own facebook page and contact email. In the meantime, if you would like to find out more about the project – the repair work or memories (oral history) aspect – please get in touch via the contact form below:

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Ironman Triathlon in Garvald Sunday 1st July

A message from Penny Short, Chair of Garvald & Morham Community Council:

As you will be aware the main roads to Haddington/Gifford will be closed on Sunday 1 July 2018, as will the Carfrae road, for the Ironman Scotland Cycle Race.

Roads will be closed from 7.30am to 12.30pm. Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times. If you have any concerns or issues with the roads being closed over this period please contact the race organisers on 03330 111838 or email them at Please note that East Lothian Council has committed to host this race for three consecutive years (this is the 2nd year) but no consultation took place with the local community or community councils. If you are concerned with any aspect of this event please contact East Lothian Council.

Villagers will be able to exit the village from the church end and can drive to Haddington via the Papple road. Also access to Stenton/Dunbar/East Linton etc. from the church end of Garvald will be unaffected.

triathlon cyclistsThe Ironman Scotland event involves 70.3 miles of swimming, cycling and running. After the swim, the cycling section starts in Cockenzie, circles through seven villages returning to Dalkeith Country Park and onto Holyrood Park for the final stage of the race which is the half-marathon. The race organisers advise that the pro athletes are expected through our village at round 8.20am and then a steady flow of cyclists will follow until the road re-opens. If you’re up in time you’ll be able to catch sight of the intrepid racers as they pass through the top of the village but be careful – they will be travelling at speed!

Votadini Guitar Duo

Finlay Hay, local Garvald lad and student of the Yehudi Menuhin school, will be performing in the Edinburgh’s Canongate Kirk and Duddingston Kirk in August as part of the Votadini Guitar Duo. All welcome!

votadini guitar duo @edinburgh festival

Haddstock Music Festival – Whats On?

Saturday 16th June, come and enjoy live music in Haddington in the one-day Haddstock Music Festival. Including local young people in their bands from Lamp House Music studio, to celebrate Year of Young People (YOYP 2018).

3 Harbours Arts Festival

Local textile artist, Heidi Ingram, will be exhibiting her textile/embroidery art at the 3 Harbours Arts Festival at Haddstock, 16-17th June, Trinity Centre, Haddington. All welcome!3 harbours arts festival at haddstock - poster

Seedling donations for Yester Fair

If anyone has any seedlings, cuttings, plant divisions etc that you can donate to the plant stall at the Yester Primary Summer Fair (9th June), please let Viki know (830260) and she will collect them, or please deliver them to her prior to 9th June. Thank you!