Broughton House does Burns

10 Jan

I haven’t had much to put on my pages since the New Year. Yes I had a wonderful evening with my daughter and Duncan from Killin plus the four houndogs on Ist Jan. Then was admitted to Glasgow Royal on the 2nd for what I hope will prove to be the last op in a long line of op’s and fiddling stretching back over the past sixteen months and tonight I’ve been round the corner to the Scottish National Trust owned Broughton House for an evening of music and song with a Burns connection.


To say the event was a success was putting it mildly. A sold out performance in the Gallery where I was once a volunteer guide exceeded all my expectations. We had a young Russian baritone – a Northern Irish lyric soprano – a French pianist on the grand and Kirkcudbright’s talented Iona Bonaventura with her violin.

All are young folk just starting out in this world – all have connections with the Glasgow Conservatoire of Music and boy did they bring the house down!



It was good to see and hear the audience appreciate stand-out performances as they did this evening. Wonderful!


A crackin night with a Burns twist that heard his songs played and sung amongst others in many languages by gifted artistes to music by famous composers such as Mozart. Rabbie definitely travels well.

Now that I’ve had time to do a little research on last night’s artistes I see that I have undersold them. Our Russian baritone has been studying music seriously from the age of fourteen. His experience shone through last night when he took the troublesome door at the rear of the stage in his stride and gave a bravura performance that belied his youth.

Mikhail Pavlov Born St Petersburg 1988 —

Mikhail Pavlov began studies aged 14 at the St Peterburg Conservatoire under Tatyana Volotskaya and after a year moved on to the preliminary course at the Rimsky-Korsakov State Conservatoire.. He received a Burns scholarship to support his postgraduate studies in Glasgow, and joined the RSAMD/RCS in 2010, graduating M Mus in 2012.


During his studies in Russia his roles included Guglielmo, Count Almaviva and Robert in Iolanta. At the RCS he performed the Poacher in Cunning Little Vixen, Ferdinand in Betrothal in a Monastery, and Tarquinius. He also sang Escamillo with Edinburgh Grand Opera.

Lyric Soprano Mary McCabe from Downpatrick – has the voice of an angel and the looks to match.

Mary McCabe

Mary sang solo and in duet with Mikhail – it was a priviledge to see and hear them both.

It was good to watch our own Iona Bonaventura perform in such august company even though she had been unwell all day. Couldn’t have been a case of butterflies or stage fright I’m sure as she appears to be a confident young performer who has time on her side as she was to tell me later that she would be sitting her Highers this year.

A big vote of thanks are due to the Friends of Broughton House for arranging the musical evening accompanied with wine and ‘finger food’ all for a meagre ten quid. I know it’s January Sale time but that must be way up there already in the ‘Bargain of the Year’ stakes 🙂

Broughton House Bonanza!

PS – catch the YouTube video with Mikhail and Pierre in Comments below.

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