Juan Antonio Garcia & Noelia Cotuna

A new occasional musical series at the Queen’s House in Greenwich was launched with a harp recital by these Trinity Laban students. And what a joy it was. Not only was the playing of the young Spaniards magnificent but the setting of Inigo Jones’ Great Hall – now gorgeously adorned with Richard Wright’s gilded artistry – and the space’s incomparable acoustics made this ian unforgettable experience. Garcia played with a swagger, his programme including Scarlatti, Debussy and, best of all, Khachaturian’s Oriental Dance and Toccata. Cotuna, by contrast, held her harp as if she were dancing with it and gave us a more lyrical programme that ended with Fauré’s lovely Impromptu Op86. I look forward to many more recitals in this fabulous building. But a warning to future performers – Garcia and Cotuna have set one heck of a standard.

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