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Review: Joo Yeon Sir and irina Andrievsky, Burnham Thorpe Church

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I was delighted recently being able to attend a first-class recital given by a favourite musical duo of mine, Joo Yeon Sir, (violin), and Irina Andrievsky, (piano).

They performed in historic surroundings, the venue being the Nelson Church in Burnham Thorpe, this is All Saints, where Admiral Lord Nelson’s father, Edmund, was rector from 1755 to 1802.

The concert was one of a series currently taking place at the church by the Music in Thorpe organisation, which exists to present quality music making to the public, in fine surroundings, and just as importantly, to introduce local school children to the joys of music and music making by their interactions with professional musicians in workshops and to participate in the production of live performances.

Joo Yeon Sir (violin) and Irina Andrievsky (piano) (56534726)
Joo Yeon Sir (violin) and Irina Andrievsky (piano) (56534726)

Both musicians lead busy international careers, including live performance, recordings, broadcasts and teaching. Joo Yeon Sir and Irina have also participated in events sponsored by the local Classical Music Rocks organisation, founded by Peter Barker, who commissioned Joo Yeon Sir to write a solo violin work in remembrance of his parents who feature in a book of moving World War II experiences.

The work, My Dear Bessie, was performed with great tenderness by the composer/ violinist.

Other works performed were by Vitali, Clara Schumann, Manuel De Falla, and lastly to great applause, a sonata for violin and piano by Amy Beach, Op.34. A highly romantic and passionate work, played with all the required qualities and nuances by the musical artists.

The enthusiastic audience was treated to Elgar’s Salut d’Amour as a welcome encore.

Andy Tyler

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