Superb opening concert from Bute Arts Society

Yuanfan Yang in concert at Rothesay Pavilion on Friday, October 3.
Yuanfan Yang in concert at Rothesay Pavilion on Friday, October 3.

In what was, arguably, one of the best ever Bute Arts Society concerts, pianist Yuanfan Yang performed not one, not two, but three encores to meet the audience’s demand for more.

The 16-year-old, whose concert on Friday evening marked the opening of the Bute Arts Society’s 2014-15 programme, astounded those in Rothesay Pavilion with his repertoire which included Schumann’s ‘Carnaval, Op. 9’ and Rachmaninov’s ‘Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor’, as well as an original composition of his own.

The latter work, titled ‘Prayers of the North’ was inspired, Yuanfan explained, by his love of Scotland and its landscape, and although it featured familiar folk-style melodies, they were all his own original creation. The piece conjured images of rolling hills and glens, and babbling brooks, and the distant sound of bagpipes could even be heard!

For such a young musician, Yuanfan is certainly making his mark on the music world and had just returned from giving a performance in Hong Kong before embarking on his Scottish tour.

There is little we can say about the content of the concert, other than that the Bute audience was very privileged to have had such a gifted pianist perform for them, and that few will forget the evening in a hurry!

* The next of the Bute Arts Society concerts will welcome harp and flute duo ‘Hoot’ to Rothesay Joint Campus on Friday, October 31. The concert will begin at 7.30pm, and entry is £7 (free to students).