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Speed Interview – Jonathan Rees

Mon 22 Apr 2013

Cello player Jonathan Rees will be playing at The Night Shift on 23 April, when we return to the Amersham Arms for some Handel, some improv and, of course, a few drinks. We spoke with Jonathan about his heroes and pre-concert rituals.

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George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)

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Handel/The Man

Unlike Mozart who was born into music, George Frideric Handel was born into a family that weren’t fussed about it at all.  His father, a barber surgeon who wanted him to study law, forbade him from playing music.  Unperturbed, Handel snuck a clavichord (a sort of early keyboard) upstairs to the top room in the house and would play it up there whenever his family were asleep.

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