Rural setting for a night out with the classics

Russian-born violinist Adelia Myslov.  Photo supplied.
Russian-born violinist Adelia Myslov. Photo supplied.
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The thought of listening to music by Franz Schubert, Maurice Ravel and George Gershwin at Swineshead Village Hall may seem a little far-fetched.

But that is exactly what happened on Friday when violinist Adelia Myslov and pianist Craig White were the guests of Windmill Music Club at the end of its 2013-14 season.

English pianist Craig White.  Photo supplied.

English pianist Craig White. Photo supplied.

The knowledgeable audience were taken on a musical journey, from the 17th century Baroque of Italian violinist Giuseppe Tartini through to jazz from American George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess first performed in 1935.

Russian-born Adelia, a graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School of Musical Excellence, wowed her audience with violin playing full of evidence that she has previously graced venues such as London’s Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall.

It would be unjust not to speak also of English pianist Craig White who accompanied Adelia in four of the five pieces and has previously worked with possibly the most famous soprano alive today, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa.

Adelia and Craig also included in their programme work little-known Polish composer Karol Szymanski, but by then it was already clear that Swineshead had experienced the music of the masters on a magical night for culture in our area.

During the interval, Adelia said: “I find it such a privilege to here, as well as more esteemed places because I’m still travelling and making music for people who love it.

“The honour is all mine and the Countess of Munster Musical Trust that has made it possible for me to come here and play.

“I chose an eclectic programme in that there’s something from the very formal with the baroque music of Tartini and a more jazz style, with a foreign orientation.

“I wanted to give a nod to the classical world with Schubert and Ravel, along with other points of music like Gershwin.

“The concert was to show that instead of considering classical music so narrowly, the audience can travel to different eras and relate to each one of them.”

Craig said: “Open spaces and nature like in Swineshead are inspiring and it’s great when you come to places like this beccause you find that people know their stuff and they are very discerning.

“I met Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at an academy in Italy for a very specific kind of music making.

“She’s really well-connected with a lot of great musicians and it was magical to work with her.”