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London debut of Maggini leader shares night with world premiere

McAslan has replaced Laurence Jackson, who leaves the Grammy-nominated string quartet after 12 years to take up the post of first violinist with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), after 12 years, on October 1.

She moved to New York at the age of 17 on the recommendation of Isaac Stern to study with Dorothy Delay at the Juillard School. Since then, she has shared the concert platform with many of Britain's greatest orchestras.

The evening also sees the world premiere of Rand Steiger's Traversing.

The New York-born winner of the 2006 Brunel Bicentenary International Composition Competition, says his new work, pays tribute to the innovative Victorian engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

Rand Steiger, the Professor of Music at the University of California, San Diego won the commission to write the 12-minute work for cello, live electronic transformation and string orchestra in the international competition run by Brunel University, in West London.

The evening also includes the narrators, the actress Patricia Hodge and Emeritus Professor Heinz Wolff. Peter Wiegold conducts the Southbank Sinfonia.

Tickets £20 (£5 students and Friends of Brunel Arts). Available from Cadogan Hall box office: 020 7730 4500. Online booking: www.cadoganhall.com (booking fees apply)