A DIGITAL classical concert series to lift the spirits of music lovers during the Covid-19 crisis is being offered by The Brunton in Musselburgh.

Audiences are being invited to beat the lockdown blues by tuning into the lunchtime events online.

Following the success of the theatre’s online pantomime Rapunzel, the Brunton Theatre Trust was keen to continue offering audiences a chance to enjoy cultural experiences from home while the venue remains unable to open.

Resol String Quartet

Resol String Quartet

A trust spokesperson said: “Arts and culture experiences play an important role in our wellbeing.

“Sadly, The Brunton is currently unable to welcome people into the building so we very much want to provide these classical concerts as a way to digitally connect with people during this lockdown.

“We hope these concerts will provide an oasis of calm and escape in the middle of the day.”

In partnership with Royal Conservatoire Scotland and Lammermuir Festival, the concerts will be available for streaming from February 23 at a cost of £7 per concert and booking fee, and are programmed with support from the Scottish Government’s Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund through Creative Scotland.

The series begins with Piano Rhythms on February 23 by Maurizio Reyes. The performance features Bach’s Suites, including many of the most popular dance movements of his time, and Bartok’s music, which is grounded in his native Hungary’s folk music. Spanish composer Granados and his Allegro de concierto is described as “a parade of musical fireworks”, while Brahms’s Capriccios is also in the repertoire.

Cellist Balazs Renczes, violinist Abigail Young and pianist Graeme McNaught

Cellist Balazs Renczes, violinist Abigail Young and pianist Graeme McNaught

Prodigies Grow Up, the Resol String Quartet concert, will air on March 2, with music from Mozart, Mendelssohn and Philip Glass. Mendelssohn’s A minor quartet was written when he was 18, while Mozart’s Dissonance quartet was a homage to his friend Haydn, with whom he played chamber music for fun.

The virtuoso trio of violinist Abigail Young, cellist Balazs Renczes and pianist Graeme McNaught perform The Magic of Mendelssohn on March 23.

The trust is continuing to appeal for donors to help support it to survive, thrive and continue to bring a programme of arts and entertainment to East Lothian and beyond. Donations can be made via the brunton.co.uk