Hay Music, in association with Wye Valley Music,

the Evesham and District Music Club and Allcomers Music,




Max Baillie and Robin Michael in a discussion and performance of Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello, M. 73


Thursday, 15 April 2021

Filmed in beautiful Christ Church, St Leonard's-on-Sea, East Sussex in February 2021, long-term friends and chamber music partners Max Baillie (violin) and Robin Michael (cello) teamed up with film maker Vincent Rowleyto bring you a special lockdown performance of Ravel's stunning Duo for Violin and Cello, with their own pre-concert talk to open the performance. The film lasts approximately 55 minutes in total.


The film will be available from 7.00pm on Thursday, 15 April and Max and Robin look forward to joining viewers at 8.15pm for a FREE live online meet-and-greet discussion following this first viewing. The film (and the recording of the live discussion) will then be available for one month until midnight onFriday, 14 May.   


Tickets will cost £7.50 per viewing device, but since all profits will go to the players and film maker, there will be the option to buy more if you can afford it and if more than one person will be watching.




Please note:  When purchasing a ticket using a credit or debit card, and when you get to the page where you enter your card details and billing address, please ensure you have a Union Jack displayed.  If you see anything else (Stars and Stripes for example) click on the arrow next to it and select United Kingdom from the list.

The link to the live post-concert discussion is:  




Meeting ID: 893 3086 5116

Passcode: 576210


This post-concert discussion will be recorded and a new link to it will be made available shortly after the event.


A graduate of the Yehudi Menuhin School, Cambridge University, and Berlin's UdK, British-German violinist and violist Max Baillie is sought after as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader in the UK and abroad.


Max's musical life reflects his interest in the cross-pollination of musical styles. Artists he has worked with include Steve Reich, Mischa Maisky, Bjork, John Williams, Thomas Adès, Bobby McFerrin, Zakir Hussain, James Thierrée and many more. From folk tunes in the Welsh hills to major festivals across the world, Max leads a dynamic life which embraces classical, improvisation, contemporary and experimental music.

As regular guest-director of Swiss chamber orchestra CHAARTS he has toured with artists including Mischa Maisky and Fazil Say in Switzerland, Germany and China and has recorded for Sony and Berlin Classics. In February 2021 he went to Glasgow to direct a socially-distanced meeting of the Scottish Ensemble in Glasgow, including music of his own.


Max plays in ZRI, a quintet drawing together the folk and gypsy influences in works by Brahms, Schubert, and Janacek, and which was inspired by the Red Hedgehog Tavern, a Viennese gateway to the East as well as a favourite drinking hole. Together they have played at festivals across the UK and in Europe and most recently appeared as featured artists on Swiss radio at the Boswil Sommerfest. They also tour their own live score to Charlie Chaplin's early classic 'The Adventurer'. ZRI looks forward to releasing its third album later in 2021.


Robin Michael studied at the Royal Academy of Music with David Strange and Colin Carr and later with Ferenc Rados. He is principal cellist in Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, solo cellist with Orchestre Les Siecles (Paris) as well as regular guest principal cellist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Irish Chamber Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, RTE Concert Orchestra, English Baroque Soloists, English National Opera and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.


Robin was the cellist in the Fidelio Trio for over ten years with whom he toured Europe, North America, Asia and South Africa. He has also appeared in collaboration with the Dante and Eroica Quartets. Highlights in his discography include the premier recording of Joe Cutler's cello concerto with the BBC CO (NMC), first recording of the original version of Mendelssohn's Octet on period instruments (Resonus) and Fidelio trio recordings on Naxos, NMC, Métier and Delphian records.