Mon­zani Trio will be so­ci­ety guests

New part­ner­ship lined up to play at Locker­bie

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE WEEKEND TICKET -

The Mon­zani Trio will per­form Locker­bie and Dis­trict Mu­sic So­ci­ety’s sec­ond con­cert of the sea­son.

Flautist Lee Hol­land, vi­o­lin­ist Rachel Spencer and Fear­gus Egan on cello are an ex­cit­ing new part­ner­ship who are all suc­cess­ful per­form­ers in their own right.

They met while studying at the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land.

Lee stud­ied flute and pic­colo at the Pur­cell School of Mu­sic, in Hert­ford­shire, and there­after at the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land, grad­u­at­ing with both a Bach­e­lor of Mu­sic (Hons) and a Masters of Mu­sic with Dis­tinc­tion.

Dur­ing her stud­ies she won nu­mer­ous com­pe­ti­tions and schol­ar­ships, in­clud­ing the pres­ti­gious Mu­si­cians Benev­o­lent Award for study at Masters level.

She cur­rently per­forms with the Royal Scot­tish Na­tional Orches­tra, the Scot­tish Cham­ber Orches­tra and the Orches­tra of Scot­tish Opera and has re­cently made a num­ber of ra­dio broad­casts and per­formed for a pre-prom con­cert recorded by the BBC.

She also works with the Na­tional Youth Choir of Scot­land and the RSNO Ju­nior Cho­rus.

Rachel en­joys a wide-rang­ing free­lance ca­reer as a soloist and cham­ber mu­si­cian. She stud­ied at the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land and sub­se­quently at the Guild­hall School of Mu­sic and Drama.

In ad­di­tion to win­ning ma­jor prizes and schol­ar­ships dur­ing her stud­ies, in 2011 she was se­lected as a young artist in res­i­dence at the Royal Con­ser­va­toire of Scot­land.

As a cham­ber mu­si­cian, she has ap­peared at fes­ti­vals across Europe and on broad­casts for BBC Ra­dio 3 and BBC Ra­dio Lon­don. As an or­ches­tral player, she per­forms reg­u­larly with the Phil­har­mo­nia, Scot­tish Cham­ber and Royal Scot­tish Na­tional Or­ches­tras.

Fear­gus grad­u­ated with a BMus from the Royal Scot­tish Academy of Mu­sic and Drama with first-class hon­ours and the fol­low­ing year grad­u­ated from the Royal Col­lege of Mu­sic with a post­grad­u­ate diploma with dis­tinc­tion.

A ded­i­cated cham­ber mu­si­cian, he has per­formed at fes­ti­vals in Cougain, France, and Zeist in the Nether­lands and cur­rently pur­sues a free­lance ca­reer per­form­ing reg­u­larly with or­ches­tras in­clud­ing the Royal Scot­tish Na­tional Orches­tra.

In 2010 he per­formed with the Orches­tra of Scot­tish Opera on their ap­pren­tice­ship scheme. He has trav­elled widely in Europe and has re­cently re­turned to the Na­tional Youth Orches­tra of Scot­land as guest men­tor and as­so­ciate cello tu­tor.

The trio’s pro­gramme at the Queen’s Ho­tel at Locker­bie on Tues­day, Novem­ber 14, will in­clude the mu­sic of Haydn, El­gar, Bar­tok and and McGuire. The con­cert starts at 7.30pm.

The mu­si­cians will hold work­shops with pupils at An­nan Academy ear­lier in the day.

Tick­ets for the con­cert can be bought at the door, with re­duced rates for stu­dents and free en­try for school­child­ren. Ev­ery­one is wel­come. All the so­ci­ety’s con­certs are sub­sidised with funds pro­vided by Cre­ative Scot­land.

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