One of the bright spots of the 2014 National Arts Festival was seeing Trio with a Twist, three women who studied together, Janine Neethling (piano), Bridget Rennie Salonen (flute) and Lizzie Rennie on viola.
They brought a mix of classical and contemporary instrumental music with some delightfully upbeat moments.
Leclair provided us with a French baroque beginning, while Piazzolla’s Oblivion and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumble Bee charmed. It was the contemporary and traditional South African sounds which charmed me most thoroughly. Mannetjies Bach, Patcheff’s Suite on South African Folk Tunes and Afrikan Dream left me feeling warm and fuzzy in the Grahamstown night chill.
This is most deserving of the Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award which it received. Congratulations!