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Three young Hudson virtuosos and budding stars on stage in Valleyfield


PHOTO COURTESY SYLVIE GAGNIER Ember-Leah, Ashley-Maria, and Colton Reed photographed in their garden on the eve of a prestigious free concert in Valleyfield this Sunday, October 1.

They say that a family that plays together stays together. And this is certainly true of the Reed-Manuel family in Hudson. This Sunday, October 1, the Reed Trio - comprising Colton on viola and his sisters, Ember-Leah, a violinist, and Ashley-Maria playing cello and all of whom have been making music together since they were still in primary school - will be performing in concert in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield as winners of the Classival Grand Prix 2017 in the category of ensemble music.

While this most talented and dedicated trio, under the direction of Joan Milkson, has participated to date in several prestigious events including the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, has been a finalist at last year's Canadian Chamber Music Competition, and played in Vienna, Austria, in 2015 in collaboration with the Johann Sebastian Bach Musikschule, all three have nothing but praise for their parents Michelle Manuel and Doug Reed.

Says Ashley-Maria, “Through their encouragement, faith and patience, they are so supportive of us. They are selfless in giving of their time, be it driving or just listening to us to give a hand. We would not be where we are today in the music world without their love and support and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.”

It’s a free concert being staged starting at 2 p.m. at the Chalet of the Delpha-Sauvé Park as part of the Journées de la Culture and it will also be starring two young violinists from another family, Jessie and Yu Kai Sun, as well as brilliant young pianist Jiajia Li winner of the Prix Jeanne d'Arc Ouellet in the 11-14 year old category. For more info, go to www.classival.org.

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