Angela East explores the full emotional complexity of the solo cello

Angela East

Angela East

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Bach’s Solo Cello Suites are at The Hawth Studio, Crawley, on Sunday, December 6 (3pm), performed by Angela East.

Spokeswoman Lorraine McGregor said: “Angela is widely respected as one of the most brilliant and dynamic performers in the period instrument world.

“Angela showed her talent from an early age, winning the Arts Council’s Suggia Award at 14 and continuing her studies at the Royal Academy of Music.

“In 1979, after a number of years performing on the modern cello, Angela was inspired by the new early music movement to acquire a baroque instrument.

“She became co-principal cello with the English Baroque Soloists under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. She performed in Handel’s birthplace (Halle, East Germany) on the tercentenary of his birth and in 1989 undertook a world tour visiting the USA, Australia, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

“She also played principal cello in the first performance on original instruments at Glyndebourne with Sir Simon Rattle.

“She has given numerous concerto performances in London’s Queen Elizabeth and Wigmore Halls and has performed as soloist and continuo cellist with many of Europe’s leading baroque orchestras. Among her impressive list of concert credits are La Scala, Milan, Sydney Opera House, Versailles and Glyndebourne.

“In 1991 Angela formed The Revolutionary Drawing Room whose CDs have received glowing reviews world-wide. Angela is a founder member of the baroque group Red Priest with whom she has given several hundred concerts in many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and in most European countries, Japan, Australia, and throughout North and Central America.”

Lorraine added: “Bach’s sublime Cello Suites exploit the full emotional depth of the solo cello and have been requested 38 times on Desert Island Discs by castaways including Sir Tom Courtenay, Rowan Williams, Miranda Hart, Janet Suzman and Sir Simon Rattle.”

Tickets on 01293 553636 or by visiting www.hawth.co.uk.

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