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Portrait of an artist as a young musician

Tuesday 18th July 2017

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They made beautiful music: the true story of a marriage that went the distance


When young South African Anthya Rael, left her family behind to come and study in post-war London, she not only found a new life full of music, colour and career success as a concert pianist, she also found lifelong love with violinist Raymond Cohen.

Overture and Beginners Please, an autobiography in five movements, spans Anthya’s long life, from her background growing up in a family of East European emigrees in colonial Durban, to her London years with its cast of colourful friends and ┬áteachers and her match made in heaven with Cohen, who became leader of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and with whom she travelled the world performing.

Now sadly widowed after a 50 year union, Anthya, who is still performing and teaching the piano well into her Eighties, will be joining us on 18th July at 7.30 to talk about her affectionate look back on a life well lived. If you would like to attend, please call or email us (0207 431 3770/info@welbooks.co.uk)