A YOUNG bassoon virtuoso, whose playing has been praised for richness of tone and beautiful lyricism, will be the guest soloist at the Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra’s concert later this month

Rebecca Eldridge, a prize-winning graduate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, has played with Welsh National Opera and was co-principal of Southbank Sinfonia in 2017.

She has also been heard on Radio 3 as a member of the Aquilon Ensemble.

Rebecca will perform Nino Rota’s characterful Bassoon Concerto, a work showcasing the dexterity of the soloist and the diverse timbres of the instrument.

Rota is most widely known as prolific film composer who worked with directors such as Federico Fellini and Francis Ford Coppola.

The orchestra will conclude a varied programme with Sibelius’ Symphony no.1, a work that established the composer as a unique voice in the musical world. The work is passionate, engaging and a favourite with players and audiences alike.

The evening on January 19 starts at 7.15pm and the orchestra is supporting the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance at all of its concerts this season.