Talent and glamour at Forfar Arts Guild

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FORFAR Arts Guild’s season continues this Thursday evening (tomorrow) at 7.30pm in the East & Old Parish Church hall when members welcome an ensemble with the unusual name of Nephele.

A group of four talented, beautiful girls playing flute, violin, viola and cello who have been playing together since 2007, they are currently on a tour of Scotland, from Orkney to Dumfries, having been chosen as winners of the Tunnell Trust Competition, which gives up and coming young musicians the chance to work and collaborate with tutors for a week in May, in the beautiful setting of Lude House.

The musicians also work in local schools giving workshops, and the week climaxes in a series of public concerts to highlight their musicianship.

They are then given the opportunity by the Trust to tour music clubs and societies throughout Scotland, and Forfar Arts Guild looks forward to welcoming them.

Co-founders, flautist Nicola Smedley and Samantha Wickramsinghe, who plays violin, both trained at the Royal Academy of Music, as did ‘cellist Rebecca Hewes, and they have been joined recently by viola player Jessica Beeston, who graduated from Saltzburg’s Mozarteum.

The girls are all hard working chamber and orchestral musicians, and the list of groups and orchestras they play with stretches from the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, Royal Opera Covent Garden, to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Camerata Saltzburg, as well as solo work and chamber duos with other musicians.

The girls commissioned a work, ‘Aerial’ by Timothy Salter, who is one of the most sought-after young composers, and the Premier of the work in January drew instant acclaim from the audience, and a demand for the work to be repeated quickly.

Their programme for Thursday looks a delight, including a substantial work by Mozart, Faure’s Fantasie (arranged by Timothy Salter), and a suite by popular composer Gordon Jacobs.

If you need life brightening up at this miserable time of year, pop along to the East & Old Parish Church hall on Thursday and treat eye and ear to a wonderful evening.