Cello Dreaming – Carl Vine’s ‘Inner World’

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 …’

Cello Dreaming

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:


Draft Hollywell poster with Alan Maclean photo

Rachmaninov and Daniil Trifonov

Daniil Trifonov gave a great performance today of Rachmaninov ‘ s Piano Concerto no.3 with the Philharmonia Orchestra and Vladimir Askenazy in the Royal Festival Hall. Wonderful to be part of this performance.

Strauss, Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings

In Chelmsford tonight playing with the Philharmonia strings in Richard Strauss’s Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings.  It is powerful, germanic music, written towards the end of World War II.  Strauss was in his 80s and mourning the terrible destruction of the war around him.


Chelmsford Civic Theatre

Souvenir de Florence


The Courtyard, Hereford

Last night’s concert with the Philharmonia included Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence in a version for string orchestra, at The Courtyard, Hereford. I absolutely love the music and the full, luscious sound of the string section really works for this piece.