International Award Winning Cellist To Perform at Gatehouse of Fleet and Thornhill This Weekend

Described by The Strad as “a mesmerising musical treasure” and by the Evening Standard as “a phenomenal talent”, London-born cellist Gemma Rosefield will be the star attraction in the October concert series for Absolute Classics.

Gemma, who is an international multi-award winning musician, will perform alongside acclaimed pianist Tim Horton in Dumfries, Gatehouse of Fleet and Thornhill this weekend.

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Gemma made her solo debut in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam and in The Diligentia, The Hague, in the New Masters International Recital Series. She gave the highly successful Pierre Fournier Award recital in September 2008 at Wigmore Hall and also the 2008 and 2009 Jacqueline du Pré Memorial Concerts at the same venue.

She performs regularly on BBC Radio 3, including notably Michael Ellison’s Concerto for Cello and Turkish Instruments with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Gemma has played widely outside the UK, in the USA, Russia, Japan, Mexico, Kenya, New Zealand, and throughout Europe. In September she will be giving several performances at the Nuremberg Chamber Music Festival, some of which will be broadcast by Bavarian Radio.

Gemma plays on a cello made in Naples in 1704 by Alessandro Gagliano, formerly owned and played by the Prince Regent.

Tim Horton studied at Chetham’s School of Music with Charles Hopkins and Heather Slade-Lipkin and graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1995.

In the same year he replaced Alfred Brendel at short notice in two performances of Schoenberg’s Piano Concerto with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Sir Simon Rattle at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and the Royal Festival Hall, London. Since then he has played with the RLPO, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Trondheim Symphony Orchestra

Gemma Rosefield and Tim Horton will perform on Thursday, 20 October, 7.30pm, at the Crichton Church, Dumfries, and on Saturday, 22 October, 7.30pm, at the Cally Palace, Gatehouse of Fleet. The programmes will include Beethoven, Judas; Maccabaeus, variations; Strauss, sonata; Martinu, Rossini, variations; and Brahms, Sonata E Minor. They will then appear on Sunday, 23 October, 3.30pm at the Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel, Thornhill. The programme will include Beethoven Bei; Männern, variations; Grieg, Sonata; Dvorak, Silent Woods; and Rachmaninoff Sonata in G Minor.

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