Classically-trained pair making music accessible to the masses

Flute player Rosanna Ter-Berg who performed in the third South Holland Concerts series in Spalding on Saturday.
Flute player Rosanna Ter-Berg who performed in the third South Holland Concerts series in Spalding on Saturday.
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The mystery, delicacy and intricacy of classical music is a speciality for flute player Rosanna Ter-Berg and pianist Leo Nicholson.

The London-born pair, both graduates of the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in London, performed a programme of flute, piccolo and piano works at South Holland Centre on Saturday.

Rosanna and Leo were the third in a series of four evenings in the 31st season of South Holland Concerts aimed at bringing musical masterpieces to a rural and diverse audience.

Leo said: “I’ve got a work connection with Spalding through a local musician who I’ve worked with for the last three or four years so, for me, it’s really lovely to come and play here.

“I’ve been to Spalding a few times for music-related activities, but not actually to perform here, so it’s really nice to come and play for the local crowd.”

Rosanna trained under celebrated flute player Anna Noakes whose skill can be heard of film soundtracks, including Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter series, as well as The Da Vinci Code, Black Swan and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.

“Anna was my teacher and I introduced Leo to her at Trinity Laban where we both studied five years ago,” Rosanna said.

“We do like to give a different programme from the average flute and piano duo, so we do often get a lot of feedback from people saying ‘that was quite unexpected’.

“Just because a piece uses contemporary effects doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be heard in a conventional recital setting.”

Leo and Rosanna have taken their musical partnership, described by one reviewer as “amazing flute wizardry” with a “interpretative, trustworthy piano”, at St John’s Smith Square, St James’s Church, Piccadilly, and the Southbank Centre, all in London.

“When playing at a venue or in a town where there isn’t necessarily a thriving tradition of classical music, there is a need to throw in works that anybody who has any inkling of classical music is quite likely to have come across.

“But at the same time, we’re both quite passionate about bringing music to people that they don’t necessarily know and so it’s always about finding a line between the two.”