An unforgettable evening from an outstanding duo

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Sark Duo: Recital of Flute and Harp Music, St Wilfrid’s Church, Haywards Heath, Saturday, December 14

Look out Emmanuel Pahud and Catrin Finch.

Trinity Laban’s Anglo-Italian Sark Duo – Katherine Smith (flute), impressing at King’s Place and St Martin’s in the Field, and Laura Pandolfo, international Treviso harp competition winner (2011) – are snapping at your heels.

Since St Wilfrid’s Church built its choir gallery in 1998 it’s attracted top flight organists Wayne Marshall and Dame Gillian Weir and lieder soprano Patricia Rosario.

Katherine and Laura, who won hearts, laughs, marvelling ears and eyes through a creative rapport with their audience, are its first visitors of that calibre in their early twenties.

That they’ll become household names was clear in a programme demonstrating the full scope of their instruments. Yet this was no technical demonstration. Mozart’s flute and harp concerto sounded newly minted in a vital interpretation its young composer would approve of.

Mozart’s music should sing. So, in bel canto fashion, should Donizetti, so it was fitting that one of his sonatas was the light hearted dance he penned.

The Sark were in fine instrumental voice, so, technically and artistically, we had an unforgettable evening from a duo going places fast.