Sunday 8 July 2018 3:00PM

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch speaker; Raphael Wallfisch cello; John York piano

Bloch, Ravel and Korngold


  • Anita Lasker-Wallfisch speaker
  • Raphael Wallfisch cello
  • John York piano

Director John Gilhooly felt compelled to invite Anita Lasker-Wallfisch to Wigmore Hall following her recent address to the Bundestag, to mark the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. For this event, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch – a survivor of Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen – describes her life story and the importance of learning from one of history’s darkest chapters. She is joined on stage by her son, the acclaimed cellist Raphael Wallfisch and the pianist John York, for music by Bloch, Ravel and Korngold.

"After I saw Anita Lasker-Wallfisch's address to the Bundestag, I felt it had to be heard in London, so I invited her to give the address in English at Wigmore Hall" says John. "This is such an important message to hear, as history has shown, time and again, that where anti-Semitism, racism and extreme views are on the rise, dark times are usually never far behind. Combined with powerful and appropriate music, this very special event is presented as a timely lesson for all generations and creeds."

Live Stream

This event is part of the Live Stream concert series from Wigmore Hall and will be shown on our website at the time of the concert. Visit the Live Stream page

  • Ernest Bloch (1885-1977)
      • Baal shem
        • Vidui
        • Nigun
  • Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
      • Deux mélodies hébraïques
        • Kaddisch
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957)
        • Suite 'Much Ado about Nothing' Op. 11

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