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Date: Sunday 12 January 2014
Price: £10 including access to galleries
Simon Wallfisch and Simon Watterton perform two of the greatest works by Johannes Brahms. They will intertwine his 4 Lieder opus 96 (Heinrich Heine settings) with the four movements of the Cello and Piano sonata in F Major opus 99. Both works were composed between 1884 and 1886, and in an audacious move, never experienced before in any concert, Simon Wallfisch will both sing and play, interlocking the four songs with the four movements of the sonata. The concert will be rounded off in true operatic splendour, with works by Donizetti and Mercadante for baritone voice and cello, in which Simon will play and sing at the same time.
This is a one-off opportunity to hear this unique and talented duo. Simon Wallfisch and Simon Watterton studied together in the Royal College of Music, both graduating in 2004.
Simon Watterton is a prize-winning pianist active as both soloist and chamber musician, touring extensively across the UK and Europe. www.simonwatterton.co.uk
Simon Wallfisch is the grandson of cellist and author Anita Lasker-Wallfisch. (For more go to www.simonwallfisch.com/biography) His grandmother came to England a displaced person in 1946 after being liberated from Auschwitz and Belsen. She was saved from the Gas Chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau because the woman's orchestra lacked a cellist. Her survival and determination to carry on playing and make music her profession in the UK is an inspiration to many, she continues to travel across Europe telling her story to Schools in Germany and Austria.
This concert is a one-off and a must see for music lovers and novices alike