It was a wonderful experience to tour Europe playing with the Philharmonia Orchestra in September 2017, visiting Verona, Merano, Frankfurt, Dortmund, Hamburg, Luxembourg and Brussels. Here are a few highlights from my photos:
I am so pleased to report that at the Sarabandes for Sanctuary concert, we were able to raise £553.90 for Asylum Welcome. I am very grateful for the generous support and donations from the wonderful audience.
I have uploaded some excerpts of the performance to youtube. Please visit my Audio page for the link.
Coral will be giving a concert for Asylum Welcome on Thursday 6th April at St Barnabas Church, Jericho, Oxford, at 7.30pm. The music includes all six Sarabandes for solo cello by J.S. Bach as well as other innovative works for cello: Giovanni Sollima’s Lamentatio, Karen Tanaka’s Song of Songs, and Arvo Pärt’s Fratres. The programme is an exploration of spirituality in music with free admission. Donations will be invited for Oxford charity Asylum Welcome.
Carl Vine’s Inner World was written and dedicated to my former cello teacher in Australia, David Pereira. Pereira is a leading musical personality in Australian contemporary music, and I want to pay tribute to him.
The piece is performed with a sampled cello backing track, which was recorded by Pereira on the very instrument that I now use. It has been recorded several times and sold well – proof of its musical success and contemporary appeal. While many people find modern classical music daunting, this is a piece that draws people in. It is fun, intriguing and quite spectacular to see and hear in live performance.
In a programme note at the front of the sheet music, Carl Vine writes: ‘When great musicians perform, one is not just witnessing the dutiful reproduction of a series of notes and tones but rather the intimate relationship between fine craftsmen and their instruments. Every sound is carved from the string, hair and wood with loving care. My aim in Inner World is to focus on this amazing symbiosis and create a sound world that might reflect, in some small part, the internal processes that lead to the production of marvellous music…. The performer is not only live, but also crystallised, dissected and re-arranged. The cello is not only the physical instrument in the player’s hands, but also an enveloping shroud of sound – a hall of mirrors in which artifice and reality collide …’
My next solo concert is at the Holywell Music Room in Oxford on Sunday 27th September at 4pm. I will be performing with pianist Alan MacLean. Tickets will be sold at the door: £10, £7 concession, £20 family.
The music I have chosen is very personal to me, including some Fauré short pieces: Romance, Après un Rêve, and Papillon; Saint-Saëns’ The Swan; the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Debussy; as well as Australian music by composers Peter Sculthorpe and Carl Vine. I will also be performing the cello solo from Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time: Louange à l’éternité de Jésus.
I have called the concert ‘Cello Dreaming’, as the music explores aspects of fantasy, dreams, and the inner life, from the Aboriginal ‘dreamtime’ to French romanticism.
For more information, please view the event listing on concertdiary.com: