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Wainsgate Concert: Meraki Duo

Monday, 10 June 2019

Meraki DuoWainsgate Chapel’s final music concert before the summer recess takes place on Saturday 15 June, and features exhilarating Latin American music plus outstanding works by Bartok, Messaien and Piazzolla performed by highly acclaimed Meraki Duo.

Formed in 2013, the Meraki Duo enjoys exploring the diversity of repertoire available to the flute-guitar pairing, while contributing new arrangements of their own. Meera Maharaj and James Girling both studied at the Royal Northern College of Music, sharing a passion for chamber music that extends to jazz, works by contemporary composers, and Brazilian folk music.

Recent performances include Swaledale Festival, St James’s Piccadilly, Manchester Cathedral, and the Bridgewater Hall. They regularly perform for recital series across the UK, with recent concerts for Lake District Summer Music, Lymm Festival and Classical Cleveland.

Flautist Meera Maharaj enjoys a diverse performing career throughout the U.K and beyond. In 2017, she graduated from Royal Northern College of Music with first class honours and is currently completing her masters at the Royal Academy of Music. She is the beneficiary of a generous entrance scholarship supported by Sir Elton John, the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Awards.

A versatile performer, composer and arranger, guitarist James Girling is based in Manchester, having graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a master’s degree. In 2016, he won the RNCM Gold Medal, then made his Wigmore Hall and professional concerto debuts in 2017. Last year he performed with the Hallé Orchestra and the RLPO’s Ensemble 10/10, and also had the rare privilege of performing in the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet.

The Meraki Duo’s concert starts at 3pm, and tickets, which are only available at the door, are £10 and £8 with a special price of £3 for under-18s.

The Wainsgate concert series resumes after the summer break with jazz guitarist Stuart McCallum performing with the Amika String Quartet, followed by quirky folk/pop duo Beware of Trains, the electrifying ME and Deboe, Morecambe’s Deep Cabaret and a performance poetry event with Clare Shaw and Ian Humphreys.

There is further information about all these events plus details about how to get to Wainsgate Chapel at www.wainsgate.co.uk