Henry Fynn

There have been some marvellous recitals in the chapel of the Old Royal Naval College but few better than the one showcasing this Trinity Laban graduate and rising star of orchestral percussion. He opened with a scintillatingly fluid version of Paul Smadbeck’s playful Rhythm Song before joining forces with flautist Rebecca Speller to perform the world premiere of Richard Prince’s Petite Suite for the two instruments. It was a delight. But the highlight of the occasion for me was Fynn’s solo rendition of Bach’s Partita No2 in D minor, which was written for the violin and is considered one of the master’s most technically difficult works. The combination of German baroque and a sound with its roots in west Africa would have been pretty astonishing under any circumstance but Fynn’s prodigious skill, particularly in the finger-blurringly fast giga movement, rendered it truly extraordinary. His is unquestionably a name to watch.


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