Learned duo perform at Mellerstain

Duo Concertante perform at Mellerstain House next Thursday.
Duo Concertante perform at Mellerstain House next Thursday.

The Borders Music and Arts Society’s first concert of the season will be held in Mellerstain House at 7.30pm on Thursday, March 21, when the music will be provided by Sharon Dowsett, flute, and Adele Neilson, guitar.

They formed the Duo Concertante in 2007 and they offer a diverse repertoire of classic masterpieces, passionate Latin American music and modern works.

Adele began playing the guitar at the age of eight and has since become one of Scotland’s vibrant young performers, after winning a place with an undergraduate scholarship at the RSAMD in 2004. During her studies, Adele received training from great guitar virtuosos such as Pavel Steidl, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet and Tomasz Zawierucha, and went on to win the Chanterelle Guitar Prize and the NESCGS Award. She played Malcolm Arnold’s Serenade with the RSAMD Orchestra as well as being both a soloist and conductor of the RSAMD Guitar Orchestra. Adele gained a distinction for her post-graduate diploma in July 2009.

As a solo guitarist, Adele has played many recitals in various important venues such as Bolivar Hall, London; Rosslyn Chapel, Midlothian; Auditorium Claudio Monteverdi, Mantova, Italy; and the Caird Hall, where she was a guest performer at the Dundee Guitar Festival. She has also given interviews on her success and performed live on BBC Radio Scotland and Gaelic Radio.

Sharon studied music at Kings College London. She completed her academic degree and advanced performance course with first class honours, while receiving flute tuition at the Royal Academy of Music. She went on to train in flute performance at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where she was awarded the prestigious postgraduate prize, and completed her studies at the RSAMD. Her teachers have included seasoned professionals, and she has taken part in masterclasses with renowned professors such as William Bennett and Trevor Wye.

As an orchestral player, Sharon has performed at high profile venues including St John’s Smith Square, the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Glasgow’s City Hall and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.

Highlights of Sharon’s career include the performance of Mozart’s Flute Concerto at a concert recorded for BBC Radio 3. Most recently, she has performed with the Scottish National Wind Orchestra, Amicus Orchestra for Young Professionals, and as a soloist at Dunfermline Arts Guild.

They will play a wide selection of music including pieces by Saint-Saens, Giuliani, Piazzola, Debussy, and Bartok.

Visit the society’s website for further details at www.bordersmusic
andartssociety.co.uk and to book phone Pauline Walker on 01750 21687.