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Review by Terry Keeler
Sunday 23 April 2017
THE MAGNARD TRIO
Catriona McDermid (Bassoon), Mana Shibata (Oboe) and Suling King (Piano)

This unusual ensemble of oboe, bassoon and piano created pleasing and interesting sounds, playing music by Peter Hope, Marina Dranishnikova, Melissa Douglas, Alezandre Tansman, Brahms, Britten and Poulenc.

The artists being Catriona McDermid (Bassoon), Mana Shibata (Oboe) and Suling King (Piano). All three studied at either the Royal Colleges and Academies, Guildhall School of Music and Purcell School, being awarded numerous prizes and performing at prestigious venues with top orchestras and ensembles.

Today at Templewood these young performers displayed the outcome of such studies from our leading music establishments and the experience gained by playing with such well known orchestras brought to Northrepps a concert of music, again upholding the standard one can expect from performers invited to play at this now well established venue.

All the works performed were of the romantic style, mostly unknown to, I assume, the audience. Nevertheless, it is good sometimes to explore and listen to the unknown!

The piano accompanist to most of the works required a masterly technique, music-ship and sensitivity all of which Suling King had in abundance and without having a page turner at that!

Terry Keeler
Tel 01263 513273