Guitar and flute duo sure to wow Rothesay audience

The Andrews Massey Duo will perform at Bute Arts Society's first concert in their 2015/16 programme on Friday, October 2.
The Andrews Massey Duo will perform at Bute Arts Society's first concert in their 2015/16 programme on Friday, October 2.

The Bute Arts Society is back - and they’ve got a fantastic opening concert kicking things off this Friday evening.

Andrews Massey Duo, a flute and guitar duo based in London, are sure to wow the audience in the society’s new venue - Trinity Church - with a varied and eclectic repertoire in store.

Emily Andrews and David Massey met in 2009 at the Royal Academy of Music while playing in the orchestra for a musical (David on the banjo, Emily on the piccolo). They decided to have a go on their usual instruments and quickly formed their partnership.

As a duo they have gone from strength to strength: winners of a prestigious Tunnell Trust Award for 2012-2013; semi-finalists in the Royal Overseas League Competition in London three times; and regular recitalists in a variety of settings, including lunchtime and evening recitals around the country (previous venues include Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields, Kings Place, St James’ Piccadilly and Chipping Campden Music Festival) and abroad in Italy and Sweden.

Emily and David are expanding the boundaries of flute and guitar duo playing. They enjoy programming familiar favourites with lesser-known works, and are becoming well-known for their own arrangements, both of classical works and folk tunes. They actively commission new music, including ‘Journey Home’ by Scott Lygate, which was written for their Scottish Tour, and premiered in Stranraer on January 31, 2013.

Included in this Friday’s concert will be performances of Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Sicilienne from Sonatina, and Mozart’s Sonata K330 (arranged by Andrews and Massey), in addition to solos from both musicians.

The concert begins at 7.30pm, and entry is charged at £8 (free to students).