Star String Duo Play Free Concert

Published: 17 November 2010 at 16:07

Anglia Ruskin University is staging a free celebrity lunchtime concert in association with Hazard Chase, the international music management agency based in Cambridge.

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The Hazard Chase Celebrity Concert on Friday 3 December at the Mumford Theatre will feature two of Britain’s most outstanding string players, Matthew Trusler (Violin) and Guy Johnston (Cello).

During the concert, marking the climax of the Autumn Lunchtime Concert Series, the cellist and former winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Guy Johnston will be joined by violinist Matthew Trusler in duos by Kodaly and Ravel. Matthew has established an enviable reputation for his interpretation of larger romantic works and has made concerto recordings with numerous European orchestras.

The concert is the latest in a series of celebrity performances promoted by the University's Department of Music and Performing Arts in association with Cambridge-based concert agency Hazard Chase. Looking forward to the event, series director Alan Rochford commented:

"Thanks to the generous support of Hazard Chase, we continue to include world class artists such at Matthew and Guy in our concert series, following on from previous recitals by celebrities such as violinist Jennifer Pike and pianists Piers Lane and Martin Roscoe. We are expecting a capacity audience in our own Mumford Theatre - and admission is free!"

The featured programme for unaccompanied violin and cello includes Kodaly’s romantic Duo for Violin and Cello written in 1914 at the height of his interest in Hungarian folk music. This transporting piece of music is seemingly composed as if one were in the square of a Hungarian village on a summer evening listening to the local fiddler and cellist extemporize – except that the music demands virtuoso technical skills far beyond the average village musician.

The first movement of Ravel’s sonata was originally written as a memorial to Debussy and inspired by Kodaly’s writing for the medium. It exudes a fiery gypsy personality that will round the recital off with a flourish.

There will be a closing collection in aid of The Music Therapy Appeal.

Anglia Ruskin University runs a series of Friday lunchtime concerts during term time which are all free of charge and open to the general public. Held in the University’s on-campus Mumford Theatre, these concerts greatly enrich the cultural life of the University’s staff and student and the local community and are made possible by generous funding from the University’s Arts Council.

For more information about Anglia Ruskin’s wide range of concerts and production please visit events or contact Sarah Jones on 0845 196 2981,