There are not many women who have come out as soloist singers late in their life. Apart from Evelyne, the only woman that springs to my mind was Sharon Jones who came to the fore at age forty nine after years of being a prison guard. Her music was in a funky soul style in the manner of James Brown who was the Godfather of Soul.
After years of performing in various choirs and vocal groups Evelyne Weltlinger debuted as a soloist in 2012 at an age a few years older than Sharon Jones.
The latest delicious offering in the Live At Lunch series this was a wonderful short concert celebrating Italy in music.
Rutter was elegant in black slacks and a lacy top combined with red shoes. She was joined for this concert by Giuseppe Zangari on classical guitar and Marcello Maio on piano and piano-accordion. Rutter mostly used her favourite gold flute but also the piccolo depending on what was required and at times both she and Maio changed instruments mid piece.
The opening Sonata in A Major for Flute and Guitar by Giulani was charming and sprightly with the flute darting and swooping.
Drigo’s fluid Serenade from Les Millions D’Arlequin followed , with is circular melodies and was played with wonderful timing and phrasing (as were all the works selected).
Next came a crisp, sparkling yet lush version of Michel Peguri’s Bourrrasque.
A dynamic infectious performance by Maio on accordion followed.