Debussy Cello Sonata & French Songs (Honegger, Caplet, Ravel)

On Friday 26th of May, the JdP welcomed performers Simon Wallfisch and Edward Rushton for a unique recital of French Music from the early twentieth century, including songs by Arthur Honegger, André Caplet, Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel.

Simon Wallfisch studied cello, voice and conducting at the Royal College of Music. He then continued studying in Berlin and Leipzig during which time he appeared as guest artist within many established operas including the Leipzig Opera and Magdeburg Opera. He continues to perform internationally in both singing and cello. Edward Rushton studied piano at Chetham’s School of Music and read music at King’s College, Cambridge. His career developed as an accompanist, and he performs regularly throughout Europe. He is also in demand as a composer, having been commissioned by the Schubert Ensemble, the London Symphony Orchestra and many others. Simon and Edward formed a duo through a strong friendship and love of classical music. They perform regularly and have just finished recording a CD of German music.

The pre-concert talk was hosted by Professor Martyn Harry, the JdP Artistic Director and Professor of Music at Oxford University. Simon gave the audience an insight into how he became both a singer and a cellist and how he would draw a melody from the piano part in order to create this unique ensemble. Both Simon and Edward also discussed the delight of performing French works which had often been less widely performed than other more famous French composers.

You can watch Simon and Edward’s captivating performance from our video library archive

Simon Wallfisch & Edward Rushton