Archive for February, 2012

A Busy Week

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Extremely busy in fact…I’m doing two concertos at the weekend: Tunde Jegede’s brand new “Invocation” for cello, dancer and orchestra premieres at Derby Assembly Halls on Saturday night with Sinfonia Viva (we will have premiered the chamber version in the same hall on Thursday), and then on Sunday it’s the 2nd performance of Fraser Trainer’s “Duke’s Cut” for cello and orchestra with the BBC Philharmonic, conducted by Richard Davies. This weekend is Music  Nation, a part of the Cultural Olympiad for London 2012, hence all the activity. I shall be tweeting through the week giving updates on how it’s going which you can see by clicking here or typing www.twitter.com/#1matthewmbarley

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Sweden – Vinterfest

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Having a wonderfully wintry time in Sweden at Martin Frost’s Vinterfest. Not only is he one of the world’s really great clarinettists, but he organises a great festival. The them this year is flames, and the paths to the concert venues have been lined with burning torches and candles that look so dramatic in the snow – and the main church in the town of Mora last was covered in huge projected flames. This lunchtime I had the intense pleasure of playing the Schumann with Giovanni Guzzo, Goran Frost and Julien Quentin – I’d never played the piece before and it is just incredible – it’s rare that every movement of a piece works totally perfectly, and it must rank as one of the top ten chamber compositions of all time. This evening I have some duets to play with talented bandoneonist Per Arve Glorvigen, and tomorrow’s concert will be Ravel Trio – another masterpiece. Well, I’m starving, and I need to brave a blizzard and get to dinner!

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