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a classic concert

One of our Youth Arts Correspondents, Florentyna, reviews a recent concert by classical pianist Robin Colvill. 

Last month the Roe Valley Arts Centre has seen Robin Colvill play in the Danny Boy Auditorium. Having studied in Scotland, Italy and Austria, Colvill is currently one of the busiest pianists performing in Britain and Europe. This truly was a wonderful opportunity to see a talented British musician who has played at a variety of venues for a variety of audiences – amongst others he has performed at opera houses across the world, major UK festivals, as well as for the members of the Royal family. His work has attracted attention of media and he has appeared on Austrian, British, German and Spanish TV and radio.

The whole evening had quite a relaxed atmosphere – before playing each piece Colvill told the audience a little background information, the playing technique used and included humorous anecdotes. It was an event that could be enjoyed by both the concert going novices who wish to find out more about classical music, as well as the experienced melomaniacs who want to listen to wonderful piano music in a more casual environment. The disappointingly small, yet – judging by the conversations I overheard during the interval – delighted audience was able to enjoy a selection of classical piano works that came from genius minds of such composers like Chopin, Rachmaninov, Sibelius, Grieg and many others.

Robin Colvill performed each piece not only with an obvious technical ability, but it was also clear that he felt every note, from thunderous roars to gentle whispers. As a pianist myself I was able to appreciate the great skill and talent that Colvill must possess, especially because he made it all look incredibly effortless! However, what struck me most was how despite the fact that he was playing only for a handful of people, Colvill behaved the way one would playing for thousands – there was an impression of mutual respect between him and the audience, which is rare nowadays.

After the performance the audience were able to purchase Colvill’s album, a lovely collection of romantic piano music, which he was keen to sign. I am sure that for the people who bought it, including myself, the CD will remain a perfect remainder of this enjoyable evening.

 

This entry was posted on January 31st, 2015 at 4:00 pm by Desima

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