SCOTLAND’S West Highland Line – dubbed ‘…the most beautiful rail journey on Earth…’ – will be alive to the sound of a Nordic-inspired programme of music performed by two musicians from Scotland’s national orchestra next week.
The ScotRail Alliance said that violinist Katherine Wren and violist David Martin, from the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO), had performed two special concerts along the West Highland Line, on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 6 and 7.
Mallaig, the terminus of the route which was voted ‘most beautiful rail journey on Earth’ three times by readers of Wanderlust magazine, played host to the first performance, which features a collection of music developed by Katherine during her year-long sabbatical where she visited Scotland’s northern isles, The Faroes, Greenland and Iceland.
Crianlarich saw the second. Both recitals will feature music from talented strings players, performing from their Nordic viola repertoire. The events were hosted by the West Highlands Community Rail Partnership, supported by the ScotRail Alliance.
The concert is one of five across Scotland hosted by local community rail partnerships (CRPs), who volunteer their time to promote and improve their local railway line.
The West Highlands CRP covers the line between Crianlarich and Mallaig.