Music in Kirton Art Barn

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Young musicians aged from eight to 18 performed in their annual concert at the Art Barn at Woodlands Farm, Kirton, at the weekend.

The young performers all study either cello or piano with Moulton musician Glenis Malkin, coming from the Spalding area and travelling from as far away as Boston and Grantham for lessons at her specially-designed music studio at her home.

Some of the youngest performers had only had six lessons and amazed an audience of about 60 family and friends with the standard they were already able to achieve.

Among the older performers was Charlotte Lincoln, of Market Deeping, who has won a place to study at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music in London in September. She was selected as one of only 100 successful applicants out of 1,000 in a competitive audition of performers from all over the world.

After student performances which included music from Vivaldi to Lord of the Rings, the audience were treated to a short professional recital by Mrs Malkin’s son, David, a professional guitarist, and mezzo soprano Grace Reglinski. They performed a programme of music from Spain including works by Manuel de Falla and Fernando Sor.

Mrs Malkin, who has been teaching for the last 30 years, said: “It was a wonderful afternoon with many magical performances from students and professionals. The education system does not place any importance on access to good music in schools, and as such, only educates a small part of young peoples’ brains. I have been passionate about the value of music in young peoples’ lives for many years and have seen the impact it can have on positive futures. It was magical to see how rapt the young performers were to sit in such close proximity to professional music-makers. I was proud as a teacher and a mum!”

Andrew Malkin