Young musicians look to have good futures
Three of New Plymouth's most successful young classical guitarists collaborated in Celebration, a concert presented by the New Plymouth Classical Guitar Society.
The 4th Wall Theatre, a relatively new venue, is proving very successful for musical and dramatic performances with its great comfort for audiences and very accommodating stage facilities.
The programme opened with Con Tempo, a seven-player ensemble, setting the festive mood with a medley of appealing arrangements of familiar Christmas music.
The featured artists then, quite appropriately, played in ascending order of their experience and level of their studies at Victoria University with Dr Jane Curry.
Dylan Solomon showed good versatility with different styles from Bach to Piazzolla.
His most challenging and successful piece was Variations on Folies d'Espagne by Giuliani.
Jake Church ventured into some avant-garde of the late 20th century.
His Bach Fugue was very well handled, but most impressive was Variations on an Anatolian Folksong by Domeniconi.
Nick Price showed his virtuosic capabilities throughout pieces by Aguado, Pasieczny and Dyens.
Although less familiar in style his playing had all the hallmarks of well-developed musicianship and technique.
These young musicians, who have benefited from excellent grounding with Ross Townsend in New Plymouth, are all showing the dedication needed for great futures in musical performance.
We look forward to hearing them again in their home town.
Taranaki Daily News