A beautiful selection box from the Monzani Trio

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The second concert of the season saw the excellent Monzani trio play at Lochgilphead Parish Church.

In partnership with Argyll and Bute Concert Tours, the concert was organised by Mid Argyll Arts Association and held on Saturday November 4.

The trio is made up of good friends who attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and are all successful performers in their own right.

From the first note, the group had the audience in the palm of their hands with Corelli’s Trio Sonata I and the connection between the group was easy and incredibly intuitive.

Later in the programme we were transported to France with the warm sound of Elgar’s Chanson de Matin, and the first half was finished with the brisk and enjoyable Romanian Folk Dances by Bartok, arranged very well by Rachel herself. The audience murmured approval at the talent of the three young musicians.

In the second half the selection box programme continued, as Eddie McGuire’s four Dorset folk songs were played – including a jail song, a song for drinking to, a cheeky little number about a shepherd and a maiden, and a piece about a soldier leaving for war – each one very different to the last.

The evening was concluded with Walckiers’ Grand Trio for Flute, Violin and Cello and it certainly was grand.

The audience responded with rapturous applause, beckoning the trio to play a sweet final encore – ending the evening on a real high.

Three of the best

The Monzani Trio have a passion for chamber music and an interest for diverse works written or arranged for flute, violin and cello.

Lee Holland on flute has won numerous competitions, scholarships and now performs with the RSNO and Scottish Chamber Orchestra as well as the orchestra of Scottish Opera. She has also been working with the national youth choir of Scotland, RCS early years department since 2006 and has been working with the RSNO Junior chorus since 2011.

Rachel Spencer enjoys a freelance career as a violin soloist and chamber musician. She has also won major prizes and scholarships during her studies and has appeared at festivals across Europe as well as broadcasting for BBC Radio 3 and Radio London.

Feargus Egan won the Helen Just and Susan Connell prizes after graduating from RCM in 2012. As a freelance cellist Feargus teaches and performs regularly with orchestras including RSNO and with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera.



Rachel, Feargus and Lee take a bow in the church, which provided an excellent venue. 06_a45MusicTrio01

The Monzani Trio in perfect Mid Argyll harmony. 06_a45MusicTrio03