There is a chance to hear one of the legends of 20th Century music this coming weekend, with an appearance at the Wigmore Hall of violinist Ida Haendel. She is joining the talented young musicians of the Razumovsky Academy for an afternoon masterclass and then performing in an evening recital. Tickets for both events are free but must be booked through the box office (020 7935 2141).
Ida Haendel was born in Chelm, Poland in 1928, and became naturalised British in 1940. A child prodigy, she studied in Paris and London with Carl Flesch and Georges Enesco. She went on to specialise in the concerto repertoire, performing with some of the greatest conductors of the era, including Beecham, Boult, Sargent, Klemperer, Solti and Markevitch.
Haendel will take part in the Razumovsky Academy concert at 7pm on Sunday 9 December, which will include masterpieces of the violin repertoire, possibly the Franck sonata. Razumovsky Young Artists Alexander Sitkovetsky, Ha-Young Jung, Silver Ainome and Anna-Liise Bezrodney – will display their talent too.
On Saturday 8 December, The Razumovsky Ensemble will perform Beethoven’s Septet and Schubert’s Octet at a 7.30pm recital, preceded by a Young Artist Recital Silver Ainome on cello and Olga Sitkovetsky on piano at 6.00pm. Tickets for these concerts can be bought from the Wigmore Hall box office.