Wensleydale Concert Series audience treated to harp and flute recital

Flutist Meera Maharaj and harpist Lucy Nolan at St Andrew’s Church, Aysgarth.

The audience at the first of the Wensleydale Concert Series of concerts at Aysgarth Church was treated to a harp and flute recital.

The duo of Meera Maharaj on the flute and Lucy Nolan on the harp performed music by Bach, Sibelius, Debussy and Ravel on Saturday.

The well-attended concert ended with the Naiades: Fantasy-Sonata for flute and harp, composed by William Alwyn in 1971.

This is one continuous movement which not only displays the virtuosity of the flute and harp but also takes listeners deep into the pools of water inhabited by mythological nymphs.

The pieces were well chosen, including both familiar and not-so-familiar works and skillful re-workings where the originals were scored for a different combination.

With Maharaj and Nolan the two instruments blended so well together and there was such a good rapport between the performers. They also struck up such a warm relationship with their audience when introducing their programme.

The enthusiasm and applause of the audience at the end of the evening was proof enough of a thoroughly enjoyable evening

The Wensleydale Concert Series at Aysgarth Church continues on Friday, June 23 with chamber music by the Fitzwilliam String Quartet. This is followed on July 8 with a piano recital by Ivana Gavric.

This series of concerts continues until September 16.

For full details see: www.wensleydaleconcertseries.co.uk

There are also Swaledale Festival concerts at Aysgarth church: Leyburn Band Tuesday May 30 7.30pm; Moray Welsh and Friends Wednesday May 31 7.30pm; Swale Singers Thursday June 1 7.30pm; Jervaulx Singers Monday June 5 7.30pm; and Violinist Mathilde Milwidsky and pianist Annie Yim Saturday June 10 4pm.