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Leading musicians for concert series

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: November 08, 2012

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The next concert in the guest artist series promoted by the Friends of Music at Wells Cathedral School promises to be a most enjoyable evening with a wide variety of music from around the world performed by highly accomplished musicians.

Catherine Lord is a distinguished violinist who, after winning scholarships to the Royal College of Music and the prestigious Juilliard School in New York, built an impressive career as a concerto soloist in America and the UK, playing many of the great violin concertos with orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been Professor of Violin at the University of New Orleans and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, as well as being Senior Violin Tutor at Wells Cathedral School.

David Heyes is a leading virtuoso on the double bass.

After studying in Prague, he has worked tirelessly to promote the double bass as a solo instrument rather than just the bass line of an orchestra, and has commissioned a large number of works for the instrument from leading composers, giving the first performances of no fewer than nine new concertos.

Engagements as a performer and teacher have taken him to 12 different countries in recent years.

Sarah Poole (soprano) has also given many recitals abroad, as well as appearing frequently as a soloist in London's South Bank concert halls.

She has sung with many leading orchestras and ensembles, and her repertoire extends from Bach to Broadway.

Their programme is entitled Celebratory Strings, and in addition to a wide and varied feast of music from around the world, they will be celebrating the 65th birthday of the leading English composer Tony Osborne, including a performance of his brilliant Octet for four violins and four double basses, in which the soloists will be joined by advanced students from the Cathedral School.

The concert takes place tomorrow at 7.30pm in Wells Cathedral School Concert Hall on Cathedral Green. Tickets are £10 and will be available on the door, and the proceeds will go towards the Cedars Hall appeal.

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