Your article: Virtuoso Manny returns to delight Arts Centre crowd

Emmanuel Vass.
Emmanuel Vass.

Melbourne pianist Emmanuel Vass thrilled the audience during a recent performance at Pocklington Arts Centre.

Manny, whose latest release ‘Making Waves’ is riding high in the classical music charts, performed a virtuoso set which included numbers from Liszt and Debussy plus his own classically-styled and humorous arrangements of traditional sea shanties.

After teaching a masterclass at Woldgate College during the afternoon, Manny shared a platform with students from the school during the evening performance at the centre on Friday, June 19.

Musicians and vocalists Megan Preece, Daisy Allen and Olivia Rooks are already making waves themselves in the musical world, and they all delighted the audience with their sensitive interpretations and impressed with their professionalism.

They were joined by former Woldgate student Sophie Young who returned to Pocklington after singing in Paris and the West End.

The eclectic mix of musical genres and the rapport between the performers and the audience made for what was described as a “very special evening.”

Reflecting on the performance, Manny said: “It still amazes me what music can be made on something which is basically a wooden box.”

In March this year, Manny launched a fundraising campaign to generate cash that would allow him to record ‘Making Waves’.

Donations from fans saw him raise in excess of the £2,000 that he needed in just five days, thought to be a world record for the fastest funded classical music project.