Carla’s back on home soil

Musician Carla Rees, Harlaxton Summer music concert, May 2012

Musician Carla Rees, Harlaxton Summer music concert, May 2012

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former Grantham musician Carla Rees features in the first of a series of chamber music concerts at Harlaxton Manor this summer.

Flautist Carla, who went to Kesteven and Grantham Girls School, will perform with guitarist David Black on Friday, May 11.

The concert launches the Harlaxton Summer Music series, which supports the British Red Cross. The manor’s wonderful gardens and conservatory in which concert-goers can enjoy a pre-show picnic and leisurely stroll are a popular feature of the series, which is now in its 20th year.

Carla Rees formed Rarescale in 2003 to promote the alto flute and its chamber music repertoire. She has gained an international reputation as a leading performer on alto flute, and works in collaboration with composers from all over the world.

In the London riots last year, Carla’s Croydon flat and all her instruments, music and personal possessions were destroyed and a fund was launched to help her rebuild her personal life.

David Black was born in 1978 in North Wales, and as well as performing as a member of Rarescale, works as a soloist, and as part of the Albach Guitar Duo.

Next week’s performance will include works by Bach, Bizet and Takemitsu.

Other concerts in the series are: Friday, May 25, Kevin Fan Yu, piano; Friday, June 8, Tom Williams, counter tenor, with Douglas Hollick, chamber organ, and Peter and Margaret Williams, piano; Friday July 6, Douglas Hollick, harpsichord, with actor Michael Culkin in period readings.

For ticket details, call 08450 547171 or go to www.redcross.org.uk/harlaxton