Rebecca Speller and Imma Setiadi at King's Hall
Rebecca Speller (pictured) on flute and Imma Setiadi on piano started this session with ‘Sonata for Flute and Piano’ by Muczynski, which was composed in 1961. With a similar sound to Bernstein and, at times, Gershwin, the recital began on a promising note. The next two compositions – ‘Nocturne’ and ‘Speller’ – were both quiet and melodic and showcased the flute as a musical instrument at its very best. ‘Speller’ – composed by Cooke in 2021 and named after Rebecca Speller – was a world premiere performance, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The recital ended with ‘Undine Sonata’ by Reinecke. The audience was not as large as on previous occasions for a recital of this type, which was a shame. The King’s Hall must be the last live music venue to reopen in Newcastle since lockdown, and they are presenting free public recitals on Thursdays until December with another season due from February 2023. If you’ve not yet tried one of these events then I’d seriously advice that you started.