A brother sis­ter dou­ble act set to de­liver de­light

The Tribune (NZ) - - CONVERSATIONS - RICHARD MAYS

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..

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