I was blessed with the opportunity to visit the Kensal Green home today of renowned cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and to interview her for a feature in The Musician. Anita is an amazing woman, set to turn 90 in July. I learnt of her experiences in Germany before World War II, her time in the Auschwitz Women’s Orchestra and of her surviving the horrors of Belsen-Bergen. Upon coming to England in 1946, she met local musicians and co-founded what was to become the English Chamber Orchestra. The interview was recorded and I have been able to transcribe her fascinating story into a 2,000 document and will edit the audio for loading as a podcast on the MU website in due course.
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- Anita Lasker-Wallfisch