Distinguished duo for village concert

Cellist Heather Harrison
Cellist Heather Harrison

TWO distinguished Royal Academy of Music (RAM) graduates – one with a Royal connection – will perform a concert in Swineshead on Friday.

Cellist Heather Harrison and pianist Geoffrey Pratley will be performing in the village hall, in North End, as part of the Windmill Studio Concerts 2011 season.

Heather began cello lessons at the age of five, going on to win the Henderson Scholarship to the (RAM) where she studied for five years under Ambrose Gauntlett – a cellist at the Queen’s Coronation.

She is an experienced soloist, having been engaged for many concerto and recital performances.

She has broadcast on UK and US radio and has played in leading orchestra and chamber ensembles and is the principal cellist in the Arion Orchestra.

A long-established professor at the RAM Junior Department and at Reading University, she has also made a CD of famous orchestral cello solos with Geoffrey.

Geoffrey has had a long and distinguished career throughout Britain and abroad as accompanist in live recitals, radio and TV broadcasts to many famous musicians and singers, including French cellist and composer Paul Tortelier, English mezzo-soprano Dame Janet Baker and the leading British violinist of his time Ralph Holmes.

He studied at the RAM and went on to teach there for 40 years and also coached singers at the Trinity College of Music until recently.

He has had many vocal and instrumental arrangements published, some of which are set to be played on the evening.

He last appeared at Swineshead with his piano duo partner Anne Applin.

Tickets: £12 (children free).

Information from Bettina Houlder on 01205 820246.