Svyati Duo

Svyati Duo 2020

Svyati Duo



Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church
7/7/2020 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
7/10/2020 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM


Since forming Svyati Duo in 2009, Rebecca Hepplewhite (cello) and Julian Collings (organ) have gained international critical acclaim, both for their concert performances and commercial CD releases. Heralded as ‘exemplary’ performers by Fanfare magazine, their concert engagements have taken them to venues throughout Europe, the United States of America and Asia.

Svyati Duo takes their name from Julian and Rebecca’s first collaboration, as conductor and cellist in a performance of Sir John Tavener’s masterpiece Svyati for solo cello and choir. Tavener subsequently became the duo’s Patron the following year and remained so until his death in 2013. Recent concert highlights include a recital at the Hong Kong Cultural Center, where they performed to an audience of 1600 people, and a concert at Worcester Cathedral, which included a performance of their own transcription of Elgar’s Cello Concerto.

Recipients of awards from the RVW Society and the Leche Trust, Svyati Duo have commissioned new works from leading composers including David Bednall, Russell Hepplewhite, Iain Farrington, and Timothy Salter, and have premiered many works by other living composers. Svyati Duo has recorded two CDs on the Regent Records label, both of which received unanimous critical acclaim and have since been featured on BBC radio in the UK and on American Public Media’s Pipedreams broadcast in the US. Their third recording will be released in 2019 and will feature contemporary music including three of the duo’s own recent commissions.

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