Elschenbroich performs ‘Sinfonia Concertante’ with Docklands Sinfonia at Limehouse

Docklands Sinfonia under batton of Spencer Down and [inset] Leonard Elschenbroich performing

Docklands Sinfonia under batton of Spencer Down and [inset] Leonard Elschenbroich performing - Credit: Docklands Sinfonia

International ’cello virtuoso Leonard Elschenbroich returns to east London next week to perform with Docklands Sinfonia.

Elschenbroich, who plays Prokofiev’s Sinfonia Concertante for ’Cello and Orchestra at St Anne’s parish church in Limehouse, is regarded as one of the most charismatic cellists of his generation.

He received the Leonard Bernstein Award in 2009 and became a BBC Radio 3 ‘New Generation Artist’ in 2012 which led to recordings with the BBC orchestras and performances at the Proms.

“Elschenbroich is usually seen performing in the world’s greatest concert venues,” conductor Spencer Down said. “So it’s a treat that he is coming to Limehouse to perform with us again.”

The concert at St Anne’s on Friday week, March 13, also features music from Aaron Copland’s Rodeo ‘cowboy’ ballet, famed for its Hoe Down theme.

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Docklands Sinfonia is continuing its recording of young British composers with the world premiere of Lovely Roof by one of its oboe players, Jesse Bescoby.

The orchestra was founded in 2009 by Spencer, a docker’s grandson, and is now firmly grounded in its Docklands community, but has also performed for the Queen at Buckingham Palace and with Grammy-award winner Imogen Heap at the Royal Albert Hall as well as on BBC Radio 3 and BBC1 TV.

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Albums include performing for leading world-renowned artists as well as the English National Ballet, Royal Opera and National Youth Theatre.

The March 13 concert starts 7.30pm at St Anne’s in Three Colt Street (near West Ferry DLR). Tickets online at £10.

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