The Painters in my Garden
Prof. Nigel Osborne MBE, BA, BMus(Oxon), DLitt, FRCM, FEIS, FRSE
Emeritus Professor, University of Edinburgh
Consultant, Peking University
Field officer, SAWA for Development and Aid, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
The speaker writes:
“‘The Painters in my Garden’ and ‘The Painters in my Garden 2’ are titles of a pieces of music I wrote celebrating the Glasgow boys, who in the 1890s painted in my small village in the Scottish Borders, Cockburnspath, and even in my garden.
“Their paintings remind us of many other stories about the village, ranging from Hutton’s discovery of modern geology among the cliffs beside the village, to the bell which the family who made Beethoven’s favourite piano, the Broadwoods of nearby Oldhamstocks, placed in the tower of Cockburnspath church.
“My talk is a meander among the paintings and their stories, with a little music.”