The duo of Flute and Harp has been remarkably versatile throughout the ages. They’re equally at home playing on the village green as as in an 18th century concert hall (Mozart). They played arrangements of popular operas in 19th century drawing rooms while a huge repertoire has grow up round them in more recent times.
They were never more welcome than in the form of Zephyr – with Ruth Molins on Flute and Sally Jenkins on Harp in Powderham’s James Wyatt Music Room last Friday. They played to almost 100 children in a New Generation Artists concert, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Mason of Dawlish Warren and, with a contrasting programme, to an adult audience of nearly 90 in the evening in the penultimate concert in the Music in the Castle this year.
The evening performance which opened with Ibert’s jaunty ‘Entr’acte’, ranged from familiar arrangements by Fauré and Bizet, to the highly original Six American Sketches of the contemporary US composer Skaila Kanga and a study in Indian music by Ravi Shankar. They ended with a spectacularly virtuosic Fantasy Sonata by William Alwyn.
By the end, the personal preferences and tastes of the audience had been hugely widened and reconciled.