Simon Wallfisch, Cellist and Baritone studied voice and cello at the Royal College of Music and in Berlin and Leipzig. As a cellist he played with the English Chamber Orchestra and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra before concentrating on singing. He has sung solo roles at the Zürich Opera House, Nürnberg State Opera, Leipzig Opera, Netherlands Touring Opera and English Touring Opera. He has recorded several CDs of both Song and Opera repertoire. He teaches cello at the Royal College of Music and Voice at the London College of Music, and is visiting professor at the Jerusalem Music Centre and Osnabrück Institute of Music. He is a trustee of ICSM (International Centre for Supressed Music) promoting music supressed by authoritarian regimes both past and current.
There’s no Business like Show Business
Jerome Kern famously said that ‘Irving Berlin has no place in American music – he is American music.’ Born in the Pale of Settlement within the Russian Empire in 1888, Berlin’s story epitomises the ‘American Dream’.
Critically acclaimed singers Caroline Kennedy and Simon Wallfisch are joined by music director Iain Farrington in a unique performance celebrating Irving Berlin’s life in music and words.
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Year of Wonder: Classical Music For Every Day
Have you ever wanted to know more about the classical canon but had no idea where to begin? Are you an aficionado who would like to widen your acquaintance with sublime music? Clemency Burton-Hill selects one piece of music for each day of the year in an interactive guide that allows you to listen as you learn, discussing her musical choices with internationally acclaimed singer, conductor and cellist Simon Wallfisch.
Anita Lasker-Wallfisch: Addressing the Bundestag
In January 2018, cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, a survivor of Auschwitz, and then of Bergen-Belsen, addressed the Bundestag to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. In an extraordinary speech, she said, “Antisemitism is a virus which is two thousand years old and apparently incurable… No other genocide is as comprehensively documented as the Holocaust. And yet there are still the deniers … There are no excuses and no explanations for what happened all those years ago. All that remai...
The Monstrous Child
Bestselling children’s author and librettist Francesca Simon, with composer Gavin Higgins, produced an opera of her stunning epic Norse tale, The Monstrous Child, which was staged at the Royal Opera House in February 2019. Francesca and Gavin are in conversation with singer and cellist Simon Wallfisch, discussing the genesis of the production. This was a unique opportunity to hear about the process of turning a story into a full-scale operatic production.
A children’s/ youn...