Lyrical poignancy in romantic concert at Wesley

THREE young local luminaries are planning to conjures up “lyrical poignancy” from the romantic era with a concert featuring Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio, No.1 in D Minor, 2nd movement and Franck’s Cello Sonata in A Major.

Emma Rayner, Aaron Chew and Alys Rayner

Cellist Emma Rayner, pianist Aaron Chew and violinist Alys Rayner will perform as part of the Wednesday Lunchtime Live concert at Wesley Music Centre this week.

Alys Rayner began learning the violin from Margaret Moore in Albury, later studying with Canberra’s Barbara Jane Gilby. She has participated in Australian Youth Orchestra music camps and played with Canberra Youth Orchestra, the Wesley Music Scholars and Trio Telopea, with her sister Emma and pianist Emily Buckley.

Emma Rayner is a keen member of Canberra Youth Orchestra, the Australian Youth Orchestra the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and is a Wesley Scholar. Her cello teachers have included Julian Smiles and Lindy Reksten who helped her to gain the AMusA and LMusA diplomas with distinction in 2011 and 2013. She is currently in Year 12 at Narrabundah College.

Chew is a third year Music/Psychology student at the ANU School of Music, also studying with Larry Sitsky, Wendy Lorenz and Arnan Wiesel outside the school. He has won the National Eisteddfod Open Piano Solo Recital, the ANU Winifred Burston Memorial Prize, the Margaret Smiles Accompaniment Prize and the Iman Nassir Piano Performance Prize. Highlights so far in 2014 include performing a four hands concert with Wiesel and the ABC Sunday Live Series with David Pereira in April.

“Strictly Romantic”, Wednesday Lunchtime Live Concert, at the Wesley Music Centre, 12.40 to 1.20pm, this Wednesday, June 25, Entry $5 minimum, concession $2, no bookings required. Tickets at the door.

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