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Local favorites plan performance at St. Philip’s New Hope

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Cellist Noelle Casella Grand and pianist Sebastian Grand will perform a free concert at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 10 Chapel Road, New Hope, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24.

The husband and wife duo are internationally known musicians and local favorites who draw large crowds to their performances. The concert will be their fourth appearance at St. Philip’s in as many years.

The couple direct the Grand School of Music in Buckingham Township. The school offers specialized musical instruction by world-recognized musicians and teachers. Pupils have recently participated in the Philadelphia International Music Festival and the Philadelphia Young Pianists’ Academy.

American cellist Noelle Casella Grand graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in London and studied at Sarah Lawrence College and the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. In 2019, she performed as a soloist with both the Bach Festival Orchestra in Bethlehem and Amici Strings in Philadelphia.

Raised in Guernsey, near the French coast, pianist and conductor Sebastian Grand is a first-class graduate of the Joint Course between the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music. He received a master’s degree with distinction from the Royal Academy of Music.

He conducts the Ripieno Ensemble of the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County and is entering his second season as assistant conductor of the Bucks County Symphony Orchestra. He is also on the adjunct faculty of Lafayette College.

The Nov. 24 performance is titled “A German Song” and will feature works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schumann.

The concert is part of the Music at St. Philip’s 2019 series. All the concerts are scheduled for Sundays at 3 p.m. The concerts are open to the public, and admission is free.


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