Matthew Barley/Cellist

Music exemplifies nature’s harmony – it balances man and heaven.

Ancient Chinese tract


It’s been very strange to take nearly 5 months off touring! I’ve been catching up on a million things that I’ve been putting off for years and years, and preparing repertoire for a busy 2008 that includes world premieres by Peter Wiegold (cello concerto with improvised cello part with Northern Sinfonia), Amjad Ali Khan (concerto for sarod, cello and orchestra with Scottish Chamber Orchestra), Fraser Trainer, Thomas Larcher and John Metcalfe, as well as lots of Bach and Vivaldi. I will also be giving my first performances on my new electric cello in a UK tour of cathedrals in April full details on the concert page), and recording Tavener’s Protecting Veil for BBC Radio 3 with the BBC Philharmonic and Charles Hazlewood.

The year starts next week when I travel to America to play with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra: this little known orchestra was singled out by the New Yorker alongside Berlin, New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics as one of the musical highlights of 2007. See this link for details.

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