by Alan Kitchen
On Saturday 10th June, a 120 strong audience of Wellington people, RCS students and the wider public greatly enjoyed the last in the current series of Classical Music Concerts given by students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Over the last two years, these monthly concerts, organised by Choral Scholar Connor Smith, have brought a wealth of top class student performers to Wellington.
The latest concert featured soprano Eleanor Bundy and mezzo-soprano Eva MacFarlane in music by Purcell, Mozart, Brahms, Schumann and Mendelssohn. The duets displayed a perfect balance and blend of two very expressive voices. The concert continued with piano music by Mozart and Liszt, played with great sensitivity and virtuosic technique by Maya Rosenwasser. Concluding the programme was tenor and presenter Liam Bonthrone, performing English songs by Britten and Coates and finishing with two spiritual settings. Liam’s pure tenor voice and engaging stage presence resulted in a wonderful conclusion to our concert series. Mention must also be made of the sensitive, subtle, and often virtuosic playing of pianist Wilson Chu, who accompanied Eleanor, Eva and Liam.