Monday, 26 July 2021

11-year-old composer joins Festival line-up

BRITAIN’S youngest composer will perform alongside Bryn Terfel at this year’s Henley Festival.

BRITAIN’S youngest composer will perform alongside Bryn Terfel at this year’s Henley Festival.

Alma Deutscher, 11, will play with the bass-baritone and the Welsh National Opera Orchestra on the Friday, July 8. She will perform the second movement of her own violin concerto in G minor.

Alma, from Dorking, began playing the piano when she was two and the violin when she was three.

She composed her first full piano sonata at the age of six and a year later wrote a short opera called The Sweeper of Dreams. When she was nine she composed a violin concerto and her first symphonic piece, Dance of the Solent Mermaids.

At age 10 she wrote a full- length opera, Cinderella, which received its world premiere in Israel in July.

She has performed in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Uruguay, Spain, America, Japan, and Switzerland.

Alma’s first CD, The Music of Alma Deutscher, was released in 2013, featuring a selection of her chamber compositions.

The festival also features Elton John, Will Young and Elvis Costello.



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