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recital FOR cello and piano
DUo Sebastian Comberti and Maggie Cole

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Cello and Piano Recital

A recital for cello and piano.   Sebastian Comberti and Maggie Cole.
 Sebastian and Maggie have been close friends and colleagues for many years. They are delighted to bring this programme of sonatas and variations to the Playground in a welcome return to playing live in an unusual and intimate space.

As the year of Beethoven’s 250th birthday celebrations draws to a close, their programme will feature his music alongside works by David Popper and Anton Diabelli, two composers who write with poignance and virtuosity for cello and piano.

Sebastian Comberti was born in London and studied in Italy with Amedeo Baldovino, and later with Derek Simpson and Sidney Griller at the Royal Academy of Music in London. He was a founder member of the Bochmann Quartet until 1983 when he became principal cello with the London Mozart Players, a position he continues to hold. Having a keen interest in historically informed performance, which has resulted in his participation with a great many of London’s period instrument groups, he has appeared as principal cello and soloist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The Hanover Band. As a member of several chamber groups, including Trio Goya and Divertimenti Ensemble, he has recorded for numerous record labels. In April 2001 Sebastian Comberti founded the label Cello Classics, devoted to recordings of rare repertoire and historical recordings, himself releasing several CDs of sonatas by Boccherini and Stephen Paxton, early-nineteenth-century works with fortepiano, and concertos by Haydn and Zumsteeg with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.

Maggie Cole enjoys an international musical life, playing and recording on harpsichord, fortepiano, and modern piano. Best known for harpsichord recitals of repertoire spanning the seventeenth to twenty-first centuries, she is also fascinated by the classical period and explores this mainly with her fortepiano-based Trio Goya. Working regularly with Britten Sinfonia, The Nash Ensemble, and the USA-based Sarasa Chamber Music Ensemble has given her opportunities to perform as soloist in works as diverse as Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and Henri Dutilleux’s Les Citations. Numerous duo collaborations have resulted in recordings of songs by Purcell with Michael Chance, Bach’s complete sonatas for violin and harpsichord with Catherine Mackintosh, sonatas for cello and piano by Boccherini with Steven Isserlis, and Mozartiana with Sebastian Comberti. The recent recording with Trio Goya of piano trios by Beethoven for Chandos Records was preceded by the group’s much acclaimed CD The Heart of Invention, containing piano trios by Haydn. Her solo discography includes recordings of Bach’s ‘Goldberg’ Variations, keyboard sonatas by Scarlatti and Soler, and Poulenc’s Concert champêtre. Maggie Cole is professor of fortepiano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and teaches all three keyboard instruments from her home in London.

How To Buy your Ticket
Each ticket corresponds to the number of seats you need. For example if there are two of you, buy ONE ticket of 'Room For Two People' - this will give you two seats in a cluster socially distant from other seats. 'Room for Three' gives you three seats on one ticket and so on. If there are up to six people in your party, buy any combination of each ticket to add up to the number of seats you need.

Each individual ticket as named gives you:

Room For One = one seat
Room For Two People = two seats
Room For Three People = three seats
Room For Four People = four seats

Social Distance Seating at The Playground Theatre
To comply with Covid-19 Social Distancing guidelines, tickets for this event are only available in seating clusters of seats. Patrons who are coming in a party of up to six people will need to purchase two or more seating clusters appropriate to their needs. Your party may not necessarily be in clusters of seats next to each other, but each cluster is socially distant from other seats.

The venue has a limited number of solo seats and to maintain social distancing within the theatre anyone requiring solo seating when all of these are sold will need to purchase a 'Room For Two' or higher ticket.

Parties or groups larger than six people will be refused admission to comply with the latest Covid-19 Social Distancing Guidelines.

We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause but the venue has to ensure the safety and well-being of all patrons visiting the theatre and the seating restrictions enable us to comply with these requirements and still stage live theatre for you to enjoy.

To ensure the health and safety of all audience members, performers and theatre staff and reduce the risk of Covid-19 cross-contamination we regret that any latecomers will not be permitted into the Theatre.

Please ensure you bring and wear a mask in the theatre or purchase one from the box office. Please be advised that if anyone attending shows signs of being unwell or receives a temperature test that indicates they may be affected by Covid19 , the venue reserves the right to refuse admission in the interests of health and safety of all patrons in the theatre.

Temperature checks are being taken at point of entry and you are also required to either provide your contact details for track and trace or scan the QR code linked to the NHS tracking app.

Please note all seating purchases are final and refunds in part or in whole cannot be made if you or a member of your party is unable to attend or is refused entry due to late arrival or as a result of a high temperature check or showing symptoms associated with Covid-19.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

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Piano and Cello Recital
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Suitable for all ages
Sunday 6th December 5.00pm


The Playground Theatre
Latimer Rd London W10 6RQ

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