Over the last few weeks you've heard us wax lyrical about the many amazing musicians, both prizewinners from ROSL's Annual Music Competition (AMC) and scholars from across the Commonwealth, that are taking to the stage at the Fringe. With 'ROSL Recitals' now underway in Edinburgh, we can hear what the audience had to say about the first few concerts.
At yesterday morning's Beethoven for Breakfast, AMC Gold Medal winner Emily Sun violin and 2017 Accompanist prize winner Gamal Khamis piano, performed a programme of Beethoven's Violin Sonata No. 3 in E-Flat Major, Op. 12, No. 3, followed by Liszt's Venezia e Napoli (1st set), S159/R10d - Tarantella napolitaines, and concluded with Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 16 in G Major, Op. 31, No. 1.
Sat in the audience was Martin from Amsterdam, who said: "The pianist was such a lively performer, he really brought the performance to the next level."
Hazel from Cumbria said: "I enjoyed it highly. Really lovely programme and beautifully played," while Ruth from London thought: "It's a real privilege to hear these musicians...great stuff."
Later that evening, Eliot Gresty clarinet, Jonathan Radford saxophone fresh from winning this year's AMC Gold Medal, and William Vann piano took to the stage for Debussy at Teatime. Kicking off with Debussy's Premiere Rhapsody, and taking in Poulenc, Messager, and Borne, the audience were treated to some of the finest young musicians the Commonwealth has to offer.
Wendy and Roland from Norwich said: "Spectacular, really nice to do something that gets you away from the hum of the Royal Mile. That’s why we chose classical music. Amazing players, the saxophonist was incredible."
Stewart and Keith from Edinburgh thought: "Beautiful mixture of music, the Carmen was fascinating to hear on the saxophone. Excellent music and incredible skill. All very talented musicians."
The concerts run until Friday 17 August, with three each day, at Venue 241, the Royal Scots Club. Look up the full programme here and book your tickets here. Take a look below at Jonathan Radford performing at this year's AMC Gold Medal Final in June, to get an idea of what to expect from ROSL Recitals at the Fringe.