re:connect – Love, Lies & Justice *ONLINE*

7 November 2020 - 11 December 2020
St. Martin-in-the-Fields

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The concert is available to watch online until Friday 11 December.
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An online event inspired by The Ratline with Philippe Sands

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Bruckner Adagio for strings
Kreisler Liebesleid for violin and piano
Korngold arr. Farrington Glückwunsch
Hindemith Kleine Kammermusik for wind quintet, 3rd Movement
Strauss Schwung (from Gesange Des Orients) for baritone and piano
Beethoven Freude schöner Götterfunken’
Schulhoff String Sextet, 3rd Movement Burlesque
Mahler arr. Farrington ‘Der Einsame im Herbst’ from Das Lied von der Erde
Mascagni Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Mahler Piano Quartet in A minor

Simon Wallfisch, baritone
Iain Farrington, piano/organ

Violin I
Tomo Keller
Gabrielle Painter
Helena Smart
Mark Butler

Violin II
Martin Burgess
Jennifer Godson
Katie Stillman

Robert Smissen
Ian Rathbone

Stephen Orton
Will Schofield

Lynda Houghton

Harry Winstanley

John Roberts

Andrew Marriner

Emily Hultmark

Stephen Stirling

Heidi Krutzen

Iain Farrington

About The Ratline

As Governor of Galicia, SS Brigadeführer Otto Freiherr von Wächter presided over an authority on whose territory hundreds of thousands of Jews and Poles were killed, including the family of the author’s grandfather. By the time the war ended in May 1945, he was indicted for ‘mass murder’. Hunted by the Soviets, the Americans, the Poles and the British, as well as groups of Jews, Wächter went on the run. He spent three years hiding in the Austrian Alps, assisted by his wife Charlotte, before making his way to Rome where he was helped by a Vatican bishop. He remained there for three months. While preparing to travel to Argentina on the ‘ratline’ he died unexpectedly, in July 1949, a few days after spending a weekend with an ‘old comrade’.

In The Ratline Philippe Sands offers a unique account of the daily life of a senior Nazi and fugitive, and of his wife. Drawing on a remarkable archive of family letters and diaries, he unveils a fascinating insight into life before and during the war, on the run, in Rome, and into the Cold War. Eventually the door is unlocked to a mystery that haunts Wächter’s youngest son, who continues to believe his father was a good man – what happened to Otto Wächter, and how did he die?


‘A gripping adventure, an astounding journey of discovery and a terrifying and timely portrait of evil in all its complexity, banality, self-justification and madness. A stunning achievement’ STEPHEN FRY




The concerts will adhere to government guidelines on permitted audience numbers and social distancing.
For the safety of all involved, concert attendees will be required to wear a mask on arrival and throughout the performance.
More information is available on the St. Martin-in-the-Fields website

Main image: Abigail Keenan / Unsplash