Bury St Edmunds Festival: Dazzling Katona Twins worth the wait

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Katona Twins, Unitarian Meeting House, Tuesday

FESTIVAL organiser Nick Wells introduced the twins as the first act he ever booked as a promoter.

That was when he was working in Norwich but he missed their performance when he left to come to run the Bury Festival.

That was 12 years ago and he has been trying to book them ever since – they were worth the wait.

The guitar duo, who have performed at major venues including Carnegie Hall, put on a dazzling display of classical pieces .

Their performance of excerpts from Georges Bizet’s Carmen was one of the major highlights especially Les Toreadors.

However, it was a piece composed by one of the twins, Peter, called Brothers Karamazov based on the novel by Dostoyevsky, that stood out.

The fast-paced Russian piece saw Peter and his brother Zoltan use various parts of their guitars for a mixture of drumming effects while their fingers darted over the guitar strings – the overall performance was simply spellbinding.

Hopefully it will not be another 12 years before they make their return.