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Byline: By Richard Yates

A cellist of world status will be the guest of the Hexham Abbey Festival for two nights in a row.

Raphael Wallfisch will be performing all six of Bach's sublime Suites for solo cello over the two recitals, each starting at 7.30pm, next Monday and Tuesday.

On each occasion he will be joined by Colm Carey, who will perform works by Bach and his contemporaries on the Abbey's organ.

Wallfisch was born in London in 1953 into a family of distinguished musicians, his mother the cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and father the pianist Peter Wallfisch.

While studying with the great Russian cellist Gregor Piatigorsky in California he was chosen to perform chamber music with Jascha Heifitz in the informal recitals Piatigorsky held at his home.

At the age of 24, Wallfisch won the Gaspar Cassadu International Cello Competition, and since then has enjoyed a worldwide career performing with many international orchestras as well as teaching his instrument. Irish-born Colm Carey studied at London's Royal Academy of Music where he gained the Dip.RAM, the academy's highest performance award. After winning the Julius Isserlis Scholarship he went on to study at the Geneva Conservatoire and won its Premier Prix for virtuoso performance on completion of his course, launching his international career.

Tomorrow at the Hexham Abbey Festival a performance of Verdi's Requiem under the baton of David Murray will reunite audiences with the popular operatic husband and wife team of bass Graeme Danby and mezzo-soprano Valerie Reid, as well as soprano Alison Pearce and tenor Wynne Evans.

Sunday afternoon, at 3.30pm, sees the Sizzling Siesta recital by guitarist and bass-player Roberto Carrillo-Garcia and pianist Janet Simpson.

Then, at 8.15pm, elements of world music and jazz combine in an Abbey performance of Peader Long's Celestial Echoes, the wind-player's composition for a quartet designed to be performed in sacred settings.

Next Wednesday from 8.15pm the Abbey will be filled with the exotic sounds of the trumpets, drums and cymbals of the Tibetan monks from the Tashi Lhunpo monastery, and on Thursday there will be a free concert by children from Tynedale schools.

For fuller details of the Hexham Abbey Festival events, and other concerts in the region, see the classical listings.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 17, 2004
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