In The UK
From Debussy to Dire Straits, Elgar to Enya, Mozart to Mancini! This talented duo present music that is varied, exciting, and appropriate to the occasion. They have wide experience of playing in any situation, from the gilded salons of stately homes to marquees in December!
Appassionata are professional musicians whose repertoire spans the centuries; they are happy to provide anything from a complete recital of classical pieces, to relaxing ‘music to dine by’ for that corporate function or wedding reception. Any special musical requests will be considered and, if possible, catered for. They pride themselves on reliability and versatility, and enjoy a challenge. Anna's most unusual booking (to date) has been to dress as a nun and play at midnight in a semi-derelict telephone exchange for a theatrical first-night party!
About the Players…
Rachel Holt studied at the RNCM and was a prizewinner in the Young
Artists' competition of the International Flute Association, held in the USA.
She is Principal Flute with the East of England Orchestra and the Performing
Arts Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of the chamber ensemble
Zephyr Winds. As a freelance performer she plays with many of Britain's leading orchestras, including the Halle and Philharmonia. She teaches at the Junior School at the RNCM, Chethams School of Music and Lancaster University.
Anna Christensen began studying the harp in her native New Zealand, gaining two diplomas and a Bachelor of Music degree. After completing an M A at the University of Wales, Cardiff, she returned to New Zealand and the post of Principal Harp with the N Z Symphony Orchestra until 1989. Since arriving in Britain Anna has established a busy and successful freelance career with her work taking her all over the British Isles. She has played at the Proms and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and her playing features on several orchestral and solo CDs. Each summer she and Rachel appear with the Performing Arts Symphony Orchestra as they present concerts in the grounds of stately homes and castles throughout England and Wales.
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