A brother sister double act set to deliver delight
It will be a concert of combinations - brother/sister, teacher/student, regional orchestra/national orchestra.
These three pairings will be showcased when the Manawatu¯ Sinfonia takes the Palmerston North Boys’ High Speirs Centre stage for the last time this year on Sunday afternoon.
Talented Ashhurst siblings Nathan and Melanie Pinkney are to perform Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola, with the orchestra conducted by their teacher Donald Armstrong, deputy leader of the NZSO.
Nathan, who is now studying violin at the University of Auckland, had Armstrong as one of his former teachers. Sister Melanie, 15, is now Armstrong’s pupil, and recently gained her LTCL performance diploma with distinction under his tutelage.
As well as sharing their tutor, the brother and sister have always enjoyed playing music together.
Sinfonia president Jeff McNeill said the concert’s second half would open with Gareth Farr’s Waipoua for solo clarinet and strings performed by the Sinfonia’s Stephen Wildbore.
Finishing off will be Beethoven’s 1st Symphony.
McNeill said the concert programme, which commences on Sunday at 2.30pm, was designed to delight and to put a spring in everyone’s step.
Melanie and Nathan Pinkney..