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A feastful of classical festival offerings

22 November, 2018 — By Sebastian Taylor

Cellist Gemma Rosefield. Photo Michael Borggreve

There’s an unfortunate clash of two fantastic festival concerts on Saturday (November 24).
The Hampstead Arts Festival is hosting a marvellous concert at Hampstead Parish Church. Magnificent cellist Gemma Rosefield – once described as a “mesmerising musical talent” – is playing the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Orpheus Sinfonia under conductor George Vass. Also being performed is Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem.
Over the Heath, at St Michael’s, Highgate, the Highgate International Chamber Music Festival is hosting the incredible Schubert Octet in F major. It’s being played by star-studded musicians including violinists Alina Ibragimova and Natalie Klouda; Ashok Klouda cello; Chi-chi Nwanoku double-bass; and Julian Bliss clarinet. Also being performed are pieces by Boccherini and Zemlinsky.
Hampstead Arts Festival: Hampstead Parish Church, Church Row, Hampstead, 7pm, from £10, http://www.hampsteadartsfestival.com/whats-on/elgar-cello-concerto.html
• Highgate International Chamber Music Festival: St Michael’s, Highgate, 7.15pm, £16/cons£14/students £6/ under-16s free, https://www.chambermusicfestival.co.uk/2018-festival

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