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Award-winning musicians to serenade church audience

Where: St Lawrence Church, Lechlade

When: Friday, April 5, 12 noon

An award-winning cellist returns to St Lawrence Church, Lechlade, on Friday to take part in the popular 'Serenade and Sandwiches' series.

Rebecca McNaught will be accompanied by Richard Gowers (piano), to play works by Brahms, Schumann and Chopin.

Rebecca is currently in her second year studying as a postgraduate at the Royal Academy of Music. She has been principal cello of the Royal Academy Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to arriving at the Academy, Rebecca received a first-class BA in music from Merton College, Oxford University. She is a previous winner of the Oxford Philharmonic's Young Artists Platform, Two Moors Festival Young Musicians Platform and Gloucestershire Young Musician.

When last in Lechlade, Rebecca played Gabriel Fauré's Après un Rêve and the Cello Concerto (3rd movement) by Edward Elgar in the 'Remembering The Great War' concert. Her playing was described as exquisite and sublime. Her return is eagerly awaited.

Richard Gowers is organist, harpsichordist, pianist and conductor. He started the piano at an early age then sang as a chorister in the King's College Choir Cambridge and took up the organ and violin.

At the age of 16 he became a prize-winning Associate of the Royal College of Organists; one year later a prize-winning Fellow.

After his studies, Richard began an international concert career as an organist. Past recitals include cathedrals and concert halls in the UK, Ireland, Germany, the USA and Australia.

After Friday's recital at St Lawrence Church, Rebecca and Richard will join the audience for a light lunch.

This noontime recital is free - it has been organised to support the Church Restoration and Maintenance Appeal, for which a generous donation is requested.

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