WEST Linton was the place to be for music lovers last weekend, writes Ian Reid.

Saturday morning saw The Dohnanyi String Trio stop off en route to a concert in Broughton, to play two short, family-friendly concerts in West Linton's Village Centre.

The talented professional trio of Cillian O'Breachain (violin), Campbell Parker (viola) and Elias Rooney (cello) thrilled both full houses of over 50 adults and children (and 3 dogs), with their superb musicianship and likeable charm.

Their varied repertoire took their enthralled audiences on a whirlwind tour of classical and popular music - from the haunting beauty of Jay Ungar's 'The Ashokan Farewell' and Pablo Casal's spellbinding 'Song of the Birds', to the singalongs of 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow', 'Loch Lomond' and 'Moonriver'.

And to cap it all off, a rip-roaring grand finale of Offenbach's 'Orpheus in the Underworld Overture' otherwise known as The Can Can.

What about for those who had to work and couldn't make it round to the Village Centre? The versatile trio were more than happy take their music out of the 'concert hall' and into the workplace, and popped into West Linton's Pharmacy where they played slap bang in the middle of the shop

Who needs a prescription when you can have medicine like this - Martin, Elspeth and Sandra had never seen anything quite like it.

The whole morning was supported and made possible by Live Music Now Scotland and the great news is the lads enjoyed themselves so much - they're already planning to come back. Watch this space.

And if that wasn't enough, Sunday afternoon saw the Village Centre host another musical extravaganza, this time with local young musicians showcasing their talents to an encouraging and supportive audience.

The young performers Duncan, Ellen, Sean, Anneka, Rachel, Lara, Adrian and Andrew showed great talent and confidence to entertain the packed Village Centre on their fiddles, clarsach, piano and french horn.

You could have heard the roars of applause in Carlops, such was the enthusiasm of the audience.

This afternoon concert was the first in a series of three 'Concert Platforms', giving musicians of all ages and abilities the opportunity to play in front of a small, encouraging audience.

Organised by local music teacher, Hannah Hayes, there will be a further two Sunday afternoon 'Concert Platforms' in the Village Centre on October 21 and November 25.