Concert 4

21 January 2024


Note that this concert starts at 3:00pm!

The JKL Duo, Jacopo Lazzaretti and Kerry Lynch, play music straight from the heart, using the flute and classical guitar to speak to listeners all across the world. Passionate about performing, they present their music with an “effortless delivery” that speaks “of the quality of their musical partnership, whose natural rapport takes the audience to their hearts”. (Alistair Massey, Inverurie Music, 2020).

Kerry Lynch began her musical training when she was twelve years old, upon being admitted to study Classical Guitar with Peter Stewart at the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. However, after a family friend left their flute at her house, Kerry changed direction and became a flautist. Since then she has trained and performed in masterclasses with some of the world's most dynamic coaches/artists. Kerry also performs with alternative rock group ‘Austin Miller & Band’, and plays with Eliza Younger in a flute and harp duo, and in the Banine Music Ensemble. When not teaching or performing, Kerry hosts the live-stream podcast ‘… but with all due respect’ where she explores various performance-related subjects and has interviewed world-renowned flautists.

Jacopo Lazzaretti graduated from the Conservatoire of Santa Cecilia in Rome where he studied with Arturo Tallini. He then moved to Glasgow and completed a Masters Degree in Guitar Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Jacopo has performed in masterclasses with guitar virtuosi, and has won a number of awards and competitions, most recently being the winner of the 30th Young Musician International Competition Città di Barletta (2020). His musical activity to date presents him not only as a driven performer in competitions but also as a concert artist, playing music that shows the guitar in all its facets of time and style. His most recent solo performances have seen him playing in Greyfriars’ Kirk, St Giles’ Cathedral and Paisley Abbey, and he has been an artist for ‘Live Music Now Scotland’ since 2018, playing at the National Portrait Gallery, Scottish National Gallery, The Usher Hall and at the Macrobert Art Centre in Stirling.

Kerry and Jacopo met in 2015 when Jacopo came to Glasgow to complete an Erasmus year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Since then their musical partnership has taken them to concert halls and recital spaces around Scotland, and in 2019 they opened up their own teaching studio in Glasgow’s West End. Since February 2022 the Duo have been touring around concert series and festivals in many Scottish cities, bringing their “imaginative and creative programme” of “intriguing and attractive pieces” (Sandy Wilson, Classic Music Live, Falkirk) to audiences throughout Scotland. They have been described as ‘Simply stunning’ (Skye Chamber Music) and ‘Robert Burns as you’ve never heard him before’ (West Linton Village Centre).

‘The International Poet’ is the title of the JKL Duo’s debut album, featuring new music commissioned especially for them from some of the most celebrated works by Robert Burns. Here the JKL Duo have imagined what Scotland’s beloved Bard potentially could have created, should he have been alive today in a world where physical distance is no longer the obstacle it once was to communication, collaboration and creation.

We had planned to welcome Kerry and Jacopo in December 2022 until illness intervened, and we’re delighted to include them in this season’s programme.

This afternoon’s programme

Laura Snowden: Breton Fantasy on Ye Jacobites
Stevie Lawrence: The Lea Rig
Savourna Stevenson: The Deil’s Awa wi’ the Exciseman
                                  and Ye Banks and Braes O’ Bonny Doon
Amit Anand: John Anderson, My Jo
Francesco Leineri: The Betrayed Melody (after Robert Burns)
Stevie Lawrence: My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose
Vasily Antipov: Whare hae ye been sae braw, lad? (Fantasia on a theme by Robert Burns)
Celso Machado: Auld Lang Syne Samba
Roberto Kuhn Versluys: Ae Fond Kiss

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