Instruments old and new will be featured in a free classical music concert at St Michael’s Church, Sittingbourne

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A couple who play classical music on the instruments it was written for will perform a free concert at St Michael’s Church in Sittingbourne High Street this Saturday.

Flutes and Frets, featuring Beth Stone and Daniel Murphy, will play music from the Renaissance period to the present day beginning at 11 a.m.

Flutes (Beth Stone) and Frets (Daniel Murphy) will perform at St Michael’s Church, Sittingbourne on Saturday

Catherine Orton, who booked the duo, said: “I’m so thrilled to be hosting this duo. They play old and modern music on old and modern instruments!”

Beth will play baroque flute, Renaissance flute and modern flute but not necessarily at the same time. Daniel will play theorbo, lute and modern guitar.

After first collaborating at the Royal College of Music in London, the duo founded Flutes and Frets in March last year to show the versatility of combining flute and plucked instruments playing together.

Beth said, “Our goal is to play music on the instruments they were originally composed for. We do this by exploring a wide repertoire.”

The duo have given recitals at the London International Early Music Festival, the Lichfield Young Artists Concert Series and the National Gallery.

St Michael's Church, High Street, Sittingbourne.  Photo: Andy Payton
St Michael’s Church, High Street, Sittingbourne. Photo: Andy Payton

They were awarded first prize in the 2021 La Follia Nuova International Chamber Music Competition and were recently shortlisted for the Brighton Early Music Festival Live! together for the 2022/23 season. Both are members of the new BREMF Medieval Ensemble.

Although the concert is free, there will be a collection at the end.

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