Rare treat for music lovers as husband and wife team up for Ely Sinfonia

Cellist Raphael Wallfisch and his wife, violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch

Cellist Raphael Wallfisch and his wife, violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch - Credit: Archant

A celebrated husband and wife team will make a rare appearance together to play a double concerto in Ely Cathedral next month.

Cellist Raphael Wallfisch and his wife, violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch, will join Ely Sinfonia to play Brahms’ Double Concerto in Ely Cathedral on October 18, from 7.30pm

They will be joining Ely Sinfonia to perform Brahms’ last major orchestral work, the Double Concerto in A minor for violin, cello and orchestra.

As Ely Sinfonia’s president, Raphael Wallfisch has performed with the orchestra twice before. However, this will be the first time that his wife, Elizabeth, has played with the orchestra.

Steve Bingham, Ely Sinfonia’s artistic director and conductor, said: “We are delighted and honoured that both the Wallfisches have agreed to join us for what promises to be an exceptional concert.

“Raphael is one of the best-known cellists currently playing on the international stage, while Elizabeth also has an international reputation for her playing and immense repertoire, which includes classical and baroque concertos using period and modern instruments.

“This will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for orchestra and audience alike.”

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Brahms’ Double Concerto is a romantic piece of music, echoing back to the era of the baroque concerto grosso with its fusion of sternness and delicacy.

Tickets start at £7 (unreserved) and are available from Ely Cathedral box office on 01353 660349, e-mail box.office@cathedral.ely.anglican.org and online from https://tickets.elycathedral.org.