Matthew Barley/Cellist

Music is well said to be the speech of Angels.

Thomas Carlyle

Aldeburgh Young Musicians Rocking the Crowd…

Back home after an inspiring weekend with 15 of the Aldeburgh Young Musicians: they are an exceptionally eclectic group of youngsters ranging from serious post-punk rock guitarists, to avant-garde composers and upcoming star instrumentalists. We spent our time looking at ways to enhance their solo performances, as well as exploring group improvisations (they did some truly wonderful playing in this arena – radiant textures, totally locked in the groove together, great listening), and learning some impossibly difficult Indian Tihais with master tabla player, Sanju Sahai. It was a deep pleasure to work with such a committed group of teenagers who are dedicated to their music making, and also are keen to think in depth about their art, and what it is for. One can only feel positive about the future after spending time with this lot.


  • Sam Wilson says:

    Matthew – it’s Sam Wilson, percussionist from the course. Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the weekend, it really was inspiring for us all. Thank you for the kind write-up, and I really hope to work with you again at some point.

    Best wishes,

  • Alex Woolf says:

    Hi – Alex Woolf here (I played piano on the course). I would just like to second what Sam wrote. It was amazing to have the opportunity to work with you, and I very much hope that you would consider coming back to do another course in the future.

    Thanks very much,


  • Really glad you all enjoyed it. We had a great time too, as it’s always a pleasure to work with talented musicians…and another visit is on the cards I believe….

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