PREPARE to be utterly beguiled later this month when Scozzesi take to the stage for the beginning of Hawick Music Club's 68th concert season.

The new young and talented vocal quartet with piano accompaniment take their name from the Italian word for Scottish men.

Roger Patterson, Christian Shneeberger, Douglas Nairn and Jonathon Kennedy will sing harmonies arranged for tenor 1, tenor 11, baritone 1 and baritone 11.

Fabulous conductor vocal coach and pianist John Swinard will accompany the quartet in a performance that will have great classical integrity.

Collectively Scozzesi have graduated from Oxford University, The Guildhall School of Music, RSAMD, The University of Glasgow and the Royal Conservatoire.

And what a pedigree they have - John Swinard works as Artistic Director of the Scottish Opera Young Company, Roger has performed the role of Nadir (Les Pecheurs de Perles, Bizet) for Edinburgh Grand Opera, Christian has been working regularly with Scottish Opera as a freelance member of the chorus, Jonathon has performed Papageno in The Magic Flute for Fife Opera and Douglas has performed the Vaughan-Williams Sea Symphony with the Scottish Opera Orchestra.

As with many classical singers and musicians there is a strong religious element that runs through Scozzesi.

Roger started to study singing when he was employed as Director of Music for The Come Back To God missionary society, and Christian works regularly for charities such as Christian Aid and is a choral scholar at New Kilpatrick Church Beardson.

Douglas also led the National Anthem at Scotland's televised home games of the RBS 6 Nations Rugby tournament in 2004.

And he also appeared as the baritone soloist at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in 2009.

The repertoire for the evening s performance in Hawick, which starts at 7pm, may well begin with Gloire Immortelle from Gounod by Faust sung by all singers accompanied by piano.

Further opera ensues by Leoncavallo, Bizet, Verdi, Mozart then crosses to Gilbert and Sullivan.

The second half features songs from the shows and other traditional favourites sung in four part harmony.

Scozzesi play the Heart of Hawick on Saturday, Sepember 15 from 7pm.

Tickets, priced at £10 adults and under 18s free, are available from VisitScotland box office in Tower Mill.