Lunchtime Showcase 25th January 2022
Our Showcase series offers audiences an opportunity to hear the extraordinarily talented pupils of The Yehudi Menuhin School perform in a range of solo and chamber works. This lunchtime programme opens with Grieg’s Violin Sonata. It is a joyous work infused with Norwegian folk music and sparklingly fresh melodies that look forward to the sunny warmth of Spring. Following this is Rachmaninov’s String Quartet No 2. Although Rachmaninov left only sketches for two movements of this work, they stand up as concert pieces in their own right with the second movement in particular having a breathtakingly eerie beauty. After the intensity of the Rachmaninov, the concert’s finale lightens the mood. Ernst's Othello Fantasy is an exuberant display of virtuosity based on melodies from Rossini’s opera. | Post-concert book signing We are excited to welcome author Desmond Cecil to introduce his book, The Wandering Civil Servant of Stradivarius, immediately after the concert. The book provides a fascinating insight into the life of a well-travelled senior diplomat who had originally trained to be a violinist. Copies signed by the author will be available to purchase. All royalties for this book will be donated to arts charities, especially in support of young musicians.