Gabriella Swallow: a tribute to Jacqueline du Pré
Jacqueline du Pré is regarded as one of the greatest cellists of all time and this year is the 75th anniversary of her birth. To mark that occasion Oxford Festival of the Arts has invited acclaimed cellist Gabriella Swallow to perform pieces in tribute to the life and work of this extraordinary musician.
Gabriella Swallow has emerged as one of the most versatile and exciting cellists of her generation. She studied at The Royal College of Music and was awarded the coveted Tagore Gold Medal. Gabriella performed Hugh Wood’s Cello Concerto in her final year after winning the concerto competition.
As a soloist Gabriella went on to make her South Bank debut with the London Sinfonietta in the world premiere of ‘About Water’ by Mark-Anthony Turnage. In the same year she performed Paul Max Edlin’s Cello Concerto with the South Bank Sinfonia, which firmly launched her place as a leading performer of contemporary music. This has led her to commission and work with many of the major living composers of today.
Bach Suite for unaccompanied violoncello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
Between the movements, Gabi will be playing contemporary works for solo cello, including two premieres exclusively for the festival
Martin Bussey Soul Song from Mary Pieces (world premiere)
Alison Berry Takotsubo (world premiere)
Kaija Saariaho Spins and Spells
Click here to see Gabriella’s recital
Find out more about Gabriella Swallow here gabriellaswallow.com
[Photo credit Philip Gatward]