Cellist set to return to city

Cellist Natalie Clein
Cellist Natalie Clein

NATALIE Clein returns to Sheffield on Friday next week (July 29), following her appearance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the City Hall in May.

On this occasion she will be at the Cathedral Church of St Marie on Norfolk Row with the City of Sheffield Youth Orchestra playing Bruch’s Kol Nidrei and Bloch’s Schelomo.

The world famous British cellist works extensively with young people all over the world giving frequent master classes and leading educational workshops all over the world and will be joining the CSYO at its residential course of intensive rehearsals at Stowe School in Buckingham next week.

She first attracted wide attention as a young musician herself in 1994 when she won the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year before, shortly after, becoming the first, and to date only British winner of the Eurovision Competition for Young Musicians.

Bloch said that his music generally was not specifically Jewish but that it was this Jewish heritage “that moved me deeply and was reborn in my music.”

He began writing Schelomo soon after the outbreak of the First World War as a work for voice and orchestra but a meeting with the cellist Alexandre Barjansky persuaded him to give the voice part to a cello which he later said represented the voice of King Solomon.

Max Bruch’s work is similarly of Jewish origin, the opening prayer, Kol Nidre, of the Jewish evening service of the Day of Atonement, although the composer was a staunch Protestant.

It was the melody that attracted him when he penned the work in 1881, weaving it round another Jewish theme into a series of variations.

Next Friday’s concert, which the CSYO also give in London the night before, is completed with Mahler’s First Symphony and begins at 7.30pm.

Tickets for it: £10, £8 concessions, £4 students, children, are available in advance from the Famous Sheffield Shop, Ecclesall Road; Sheffield Scene, Surrey Street; Bluenotes, Fulwood Road; or by phone, (0114) 255 2581.