re:connect – Love, Lies & Justice

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

An evening inspired by The Ratline with Philippe Sands

Bruckner Adagio for strings
Kreisler Liebesleid for violin + piano
Hindemith Kleine Kammermusik for wind quintet (1922), 3rd Movement
Strauss Schwung (from Gesange Des Orients, 1928)
Schulhoff String Sextet, 3rd Movement Burlesque
Mahler ‘Der Einsame im Herbst’ from Das Lied von der Erde
Mascagni Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
Mahler Piano Quartet in A minor

Simon Wallfisch, baritone

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

Bryn Lewis 

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



There are two performances at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, at 5pm and at 7:30pm with limited tickets available to facilitate social distancing. The concert will be streamed online at 7:30pm on Thursday 12 November.

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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