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Friday, December 15th, 2017
7:30 PM
Elgar Serenade for Strings, Op. 20
Tim Watts Bridge of Sighs
Schumann Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129 (arr. for cello & strings)
Dvo?ák Silent Woods, Op. 68 No. 5
Dvo?ák Serenade, Op. 22

Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Tomo Keller leader/director
Laura van der Heijden cello

Schumann’s cello concerto is unique in its balance of classical transparency and soulful expressivity, heroic ambition and poignant intimacy. Captivating young cellist Laura van der Heijden, who rose to fame when she won the title of BBC Young Musician in 2012, joins the Academy of St Martin in the Fields for a version of the concerto with strings, in a programme framed by two delectable serenades.

In between she will perform Dvo?ák’s luminous Silent Woods and a new work written for her by Tim Watts of Cambridge University, where she is now a student.