Mélissa Kenny is currently studying for her masters degree under Gabriella Dall’Olio at Trinity Laban where she is supported by both the Leverhulme and Countess of Munster Trusts. As winner of that college’s John Marson prize, Mélissa presented a fantastically varied programme of works as part of St. Martin-in-the-Fields’s popular Trinity College of Music series.
She was ably assisted by the Billroth quartet: commitment and an infectious sense of relish in the ghoulish subject matter made this a thrilling performance.
If I were to make one critical comment, it would be to say that in an acoustic as cavernous as St. Martin-in-the-Fields, one must make sure that the excitement of the ensemble is, in a sense, controlled so as not to risk clarity in some of the more hectic moments. A “mystery” masked narrator to read this chilling horror story before the performance was also a fantastic touch!
Bach’s Partita No.1 BWV 825 was my personal highlight, as a performance it was distinguished by its irreproachable clarity, attention to detail and a deeply personal sense of expression: in the Sarabande this harpist’s phrasing was pure poetry. In short, Mélissa Kenny treated her audience to a recital of rare poise and professionalism, with a breathtaking range of tone and an extremely high level of technical finish: her focus left the audience wanting much more.