Concert by Rachel Helleur-Simcock (cello) and Gwilym Simcock (piano)
PLUS Spotlight concert featuring Ellie Corker
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Concert by Rachel Helleur-Simcock & Gwilym Simcock
Prelude from Cello Suite No 1 J.S. Bach
In Your Own Sweet Way Dave Brubeck
Poem Gwilym Simcock
How Deep is the Ocean Irving Berlin
Study in Copper Reginald Foresythe, arr Simcock
Rachel Helleur-Simcock has been a member of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra since 2009. Born in 1980 in Ipswich, Rachel studied at the Purcell School of Music, The Royal Academy of Music and the Hochschule für Musik ‘Hanns Eisler’ in Berlin, before becoming a member of the Karajan Akademie of the Berlin Philharmonic. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and the European Union Youth Orchestra, where she was principal cellist. Rachel has worked as guest principal cellist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Orchestra and the NDR Radio Orchestra of Hamburg. Her first full-time appointment was as the principal cellist of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where she worked for two years. Rachel is also a member of ‘The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic’, a chamber group made up of the Berlin Philharmonic cello section who recently received an Echo Klassik award for their latest recording.
Gwilym Simcock has carved out a career as one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers on the European scene. He moves effortlessly between jazz and classical music, with a ‘harmonic sophistication and subtle dovetailing of musical traditions’. Gwilym has been hailed as a pianist of ‘exceptional’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘dazzling’ ability, and his music has been widely acclaimed as ‘engaging, exciting, often unexpected, melodically enthralling, complex yet hugely accessible’, and above all ‘wonderfully optimistic’. Gwilym has worked extensively with many British and international jazz artists including Dave Holland, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Brian Blade, Bob Mintzer and Bobby McFerrin, and has worked with classical orchestras including the LSO, BBC Philharmonic, Britten Sinfonia and City of London Sinfonia. He has also toured with Classical virtuoso Nigel Kennedy, and is currently touring with guitar legend Pat Metheny.