Rothamsted recital: professor turns pianist for the night

Aurélie and Sébastien will be taking centre stage as part of a rare charity concert

Aurélie and Sébastien will be taking centre stage as part of a rare charity concert - Credit: Archant

Rothamsted Manor is set to play host to a rare four hand piano recital, which will see a professor turn concert pianist for the night.

This Thursday, April 17, Rothamsted Manor in Harpenden will be holding a rare charity concert in aid of Community Meeting Point Harpenden (CMP).

Aurélie Forré-Guillo and Sébastien Mongrand, who have travelled from Bordeaux in France, are performing together with the hope to raise money for the local charity.

Dr Frederic Beaudoin, organiser and a senior research scientist at Rothamsted Research, said: “It’s a small community thing, local people, local charity, and a strong sense of community.”

Aurélie is a professor at the Conservatoire National de Bordeaux, and Sébastien is a research director at the University of Bordeaux.

The two will take a break from their day jobs and take centre stage for the night, playing the likes of Schubert, Dvo?ák and Brahms.

CMP is a Harpenden charity that supports people with mental health problems. Frederic said: “Originally the intention was to donate to two or three local charities.

“I spoke to different charities in Harpenden. CMP were very friendly and welcoming. I thought it would be great to make a big local difference and decided to donate all of the money to them.”

The tickets cost £10 for adults, £5 for children and students, and £7 for Rothamsted residents. Tickets are available at the CMP charity shop in Hardings Parade in Harpenden.

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