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An intimate performance by award-winning duo, violinist Lucy Jeal and her cellist husband Alexander Somov
Haydn duet in D Major - Poco Adagio, Tempo di menuetto, Allegro non troppo.
Martinu duo No 1 - Preludium, Rondo.
Paganini duetto 1 - Allegro, Rondo.
Bach - selection of Two-Part Inventions.
Rebecca Clarke - Lullaby, Grotesque.
Handel-Halvorsen - Passacaglia.
The violinist Lucy Jeal grew up in Hampstead, into a literary family, and has always treasured Keats Library. She currently splits her time, with her cellist husband Alexander Somov, and their two daughters, between Hampstead and Strasbourg.
Lucy is a former winner of the LPO's international 'Young Soloist of the Year' competition. She has performed as a soloist and recitalist in many of the country's leading venues and has broadcast recitals on BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. For two years she was on tour with Alfred Brendel in his piano quartet in a worldwide series of chamber concerts to celebrate his 70th birthday. For three years she was a member of the Royal Northern Sinfonia based at the Sage Gateshead. She has guest lead the Brodsky Quartet with concerts in Rotterdam, Bologna and across the UK. She currently plays with the English Chamber Orchestra, "La Follia" Orchestre de Chambre d'Alsace, Salon Orchestre Baden-Baden and the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg as well as various chamber engagements throughout Europe.
Alexander Somov is a much sought-after cellist, having received the prestigious Gold Medal from the Guildhall School of Music, an award earlier won by such musicians as Tasmin Little, Jacqueline du Pre and Bryn Terfel. Many other awards, including success in the Royal Overseas League Competition, marked his remarkable early achievements. Appearances as a soloist have included performances with the Philharmonia Orchestra in St John's, Smith Square as well as many recitals at the Wigmore Hall. He is regularly invited to play as soloist with the Sofia Radio Symphony Orchestra. After five years as principal cello in the Royal Northern Sinfonia he was appointed Violoncelle Super Soliste of the Strasbourg Philharmonic. He is regularly invited to perform as guest principal cello with orchestras including the London Philharmonic, Halle, London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia, English Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
Lucy and Alexander's partnership began ten years ago with an extensive Scottish recital tour, accompanied by their two month baby daughter as well They have since performed all the violin/cello duo repertoire as well as playing together in the Vladigerov Piano Trio, Trio du Rhin, New London String Quartet and the Pentagon String Ensemble.
All proceeds from the event are being donated to the Keats Community Library, a charity.