MUSIC can be a wonderful antidote to the winter blues as the Kosmos Ensemble will prove when they bring their colourful and vibrant music to the village hall in West Kilbride on Friday, January 18.

Kosmos Ensemble, consists of Harriet Mackenzie (violin), Meg Hamilton (viola) and Miloš Milivojevic (accordion).

They are united by shared passion for improvisation, music from around the globe, as well the rigours of classical training, each member brings individual flavour.

Margaret McCrorie, chair of Music in West Kilbride said: “We are delighted to be able to welcome such an internationally renowned group to the village. Kosmos prove that the classical tradition is not limited to Europe and that in the right hands many musical traditions can influence and be interpreted in a classical form that many of the composers whose work they perform would applaud.

“We love their music and for a long time have been hoping to bring them here as they offer just the mix of classical and other genres that we know our audience enjoys, and which is not available outside of the main cities.”

They will present a programme of wild Gypsy fiddling, emotive Jewish (Klezmer) and Greek music which will glide seamlessly into hot-blooded tango, alongside interpretations of Japanese, Polish and Sephardic songs, new arrangements by and for the ensemble, and with references to classical composers including Bach, Brahms and Sarasate.

Tickets for the concert, £10, can be obtained via the website, whilst any left will be available on the door on the night.

Members of Music in West Kilbride are admitted free of charge, as is anyone under 16. For further information about MiWK’s programme, its subscription package, and single ticket sales visit their website, uk or write to them at hutchison490@btinternet. com or phone Chris Maughan on 01294 824839.

The concert will begin at 7.30pm.