Matthew Barley/Cellist

Without music, life would be an error.

Friedrich Nietzsche
October
11
United Kingdom

Day of Improvisation and Composition at Charters School

November
02
United Kingdom

Recital with Calefax Reed Quintet – Joost Buis The Swimmer, Carola Bauckholt Zugvögel (Migratory birds), Giovanni Sollima Lamentatio, Graham Fitkin Tracking Yesterday’s England

“Presenting a striking and innovative programme in collaboration with adventurous English cellist, Matthew Barley, Calefax are a reed quintet from the Netherlands who can be defined as a classical ensemble with a pop mentality.”

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10
United Kingdom

From ‘Zero’ to ‘Inifinity’
Music, Maths and Architecture

From the Baroque of J S Bach ‘The Submerged Cathedral’ of Claude Debussy To Le Corbusier’s city of Chandigarh.

Matthew Barley (cello), Joby Burgess (percussion), Clare Hammond (piano), Soumik Datta (sarod), Sukhvinder Singh ‘Pinky’ (tabla and vocal percussion)

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12
United Kingdom

Recital with Calefax Reed Quintet  – Antonín Dvořák Serenade for winds, Johann Sebastian Bach Fantasia and Fugue, William Walton Cello Concerto, Henry Purcell In nomine, Bach/improvisation on Cello Suites

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23
United Kingdom

Matthew Barley gives the world premiere of Misha Mullov-Abbado’s Cello Concerto. Also appearing alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra and Principal Conductor Bramwell Tovey are Southbank Centre resident groups Nu Civilisation Orchestra and StringTing, and together in this concert we break new ground in orchestral jazz performance. The programme also includes new and pre-existing arrangements of music by legendary jazz performer and composer Duke Ellington.

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December
07
United Kingdom

Walton concerto with Bristol Concert orchestra

2020
January
13
Sweden

Improvisation project with Swedish Chamber Orchestra

18
Estonia

Stradivarius in Rio

Viktoria Mullova (violin), Matthew Barley (cello), Paul Clarvis (percussion), João Luís Nogueira Pinto (guitar)

19
Estonia

Stradivarius in Rio

Viktoria Mullova (violin), Matthew Barley (cello), Paul Clarvis (percussion), João Luís Nogueira Pinto (guitar)

Archive of past events
September 2019
16th, New Zealand

Trio recital with Viktoria Mullova and Stephen de Pledge. Schubert, Ravel, Fisher.

Piano Trio splendour, this programme offers a chance to hear one of the biggest names on the world stage, Viktoria Mullova, perform cornerstones of the repertoire. True music royalty, Mullova has appeared with most of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors, and is known the world over as a violinist of exceptional versatility and musical integrity. She is joined by husband Matthew Barley and our own Stephen De Pledge in performing one of the greatest trios in the repertory, the masterpiece of Schubert’s Trio in E flat – “Heavenly lengths” as Schumann would later describe, a “Trio by Schubert passed across the musical world like some angry comet in the sky.”

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15th, New Zealand

Trio recital with Viktoria Mullova and Stephen de Pledge. Schubert, Ravel, Fisher.

Piano Trio splendour, this programme offers a chance to hear one of the biggest names on the world stage, Viktoria Mullova, perform cornerstones of the repertoire. True music royalty, Mullova has appeared with most of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors, and is known the world over as a violinist of exceptional versatility and musical integrity. She is joined by husband Matthew Barley and our own Stephen De Pledge in performing one of the greatest trios in the repertory, the masterpiece of Schubert’s Trio in E flat – “Heavenly lengths” as Schumann would later describe, a “Trio by Schubert passed across the musical world like some angry comet in the sky.”

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14th, New Zealand

Trio recital with Viktoria Mullova and Stephen de Pledge. Schubert, Ravel, Fisher.

Piano Trio splendour, this programme offers a chance to hear one of the biggest names on the world stage, Viktoria Mullova, perform cornerstones of the repertoire. True music royalty, Mullova has appeared with most of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors, and is known the world over as a violinist of exceptional versatility and musical integrity. She is joined by husband Matthew Barley and our own Stephen De Pledge in performing one of the greatest trios in the repertory, the masterpiece of Schubert’s Trio in E flat – “Heavenly lengths” as Schumann would later describe, a “Trio by Schubert passed across the musical world like some angry comet in the sky.”

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12th, New Zealand

Duo recital with Stephen de Pledge. Bach, Beethoven, Takemitsu, Salina Fisher, Debussy, Schumann.

Impressionistic colours of light and shade echo across the centuries reflecting some of the most beautiful chamber music ever written for the cello.

Offering choice works of cello and piano in a programme of exquisite symmetry, from the languishing Andante in Bach’s Cello Sonata, and the mirrored reflections of Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel, to Takemitsu’s reflection on the Japanese circular idea of time in Orion.

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11th, New Zealand

Duo recital with Stephen de Pledge. Bach, Beethoven, Takemitsu, Salina Fisher, Debussy, Schumann.

Impressionistic colours of light and shade echo across the centuries reflecting some of the most beautiful chamber music ever written for the cello.

Offering choice works of cello and piano in a programme of exquisite symmetry, from the languishing Andante in Bach’s Cello Sonata, and the mirrored reflections of Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel, to Takemitsu’s reflection on the Japanese circular idea of time in Orion.

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10th, New Zealand

Duo recital with Stephen de Pledge. Bach, Beethoven, Takemitsu, Salina Fisher, Debussy, Schumann.

Impressionistic colours of light and shade echo across the centuries reflecting some of the most beautiful chamber music ever written for the cello.

Offering choice works of cello and piano in a programme of exquisite symmetry, from the languishing Andante in Bach’s Cello Sonata, and the mirrored reflections of Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel, to Takemitsu’s reflection on the Japanese circular idea of time in Orion.

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3rd, Australia

Melbourne Recital Hall

Trio recital Viktoria Mullova and Stephen de Pledge

Viktoria Mullova is one of her generation’s greatest violin virtuosos and one of the most versatile, with musical horizons that stretch from Baroque to jazz and world music.

Whatever she plays, she plays with integrity and passion. Hear Mullova in the intimacy of a piano trio with her husband Matthew Barley and long-time collaborator Stephen de Pledge.

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August 2019
25th, United Kingdom

Festival appearance at Shambala festival with Adrian Freedman on Shakuhachi.

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July 2019
31st, United Kingdom

Petworth Festival

Matthew Barley takes to the stage in the company of master tabla and sarod players Ustad Sukhvinder Singh and Soumik Datta to explore both Western and Indian works through performance and improvisation. Works by Bach, the Beatles, Tavener and Sultan Khan provide points of departure, as does Raag Bhairavi.

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14th, United Kingdom

Festival appearance at Give! Festival with Joseph Tawadros on Oud

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10th, United Kingdom

Private concert at Saffron Hall

June 2019
22nd, United Kingdom

Improvised concert with Tansy Davies (guitar, electronics) and Rolf  Wallin (electronics)

21st, United Kingdom

Champs Hill, recital with Stephen de Pledge

15th, United Kingdom

Winchester Cathedral
(album launch)
Join Matthew Barley and his ensemble, a carefully assembled collection of some of the most talented London string players, for an evening to explore The Protecting Veil by the late Sir John Tavener.

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11th, Germany

Bach and Indian music with Viktoria Mullova (violin), Avi Avital (mandolin), Sukwinda ‘Pinky’ Singh (tabla), Soumik Datta (sarod).

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5th, United Kingdom

Matthew Barley and ensemble chart a roller-coaster journey through diverse and sumptuous musical landscapes. Instantly lovable jazz by Brazilian greats Jobim, Nascimento, Regina, next to Bach’s celestial chorales, linked with adventurous improvisations.

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May 2019
12th, United Kingdom

Recital of cello and live electronics featuring the music of Professor Oded Ben-Tal

8th, Lithuania

Recital with Sukwinda ‘Pinky’ Singh (tabla)

March 2019
25th, Finland

Improvisation workshops with Kuopio Symphony Orchestra

19th, Finland

Finland Improvisation workshops at Espoo Music Institute and Sibelius Academy.

February 2019
17th, Japan

Tokyo, Opera City

Dvorak Concerto with Brno Philharmonic orchestra, conducted by Leoš Svárovský

13th, Japan

Tokyo, Olympus Hall Hachioji

Dvorak Concerto with Brno Philharmonic orchestra, conducted by Leoš Svárovský

11th, Japan

Niigata, Niigata prefectural civic center

Dvorak Concerto with Brno Philharmonic orchestra, conducted by Leoš Svárovský

10th, Japan

Nagano, Nagano City arts center

Dvorak Concerto with Brno Philharmonic orchestra, conducted by Leoš Svárovský

9th, Japan

Ibaraki, Ibaraki-Ken Bunka Center

Dvorak Concerto with Brno Philharmonic orchestra, conducted by Leoš Svárovský

January 2019
26th, United Kingdom

Birmingham, Elgar Concert Hall

Dvorak Concerto with ProYouth Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wissam Boustani

25th, United Kingdom

Canterbury, Colyer-Fergusson Hall

Dvorak Concerto with ProYouth Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wissam Boustani

24th, United Kingdom

London, Blackheath Concert Halls

Dvorak Concerto with ProYouth Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Wissam Boustani

December 2018
30th, United Kingdom

St Mark’s Church, Dalston, London
7.30pm to 11pm

This Winter, join The Nest Collective for a unique show featuring acclaimed musicians Adrian Freedman and Matthew Barley, as they play a range of songs taking you on a semi-improvised meditative sound journey.

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29th, United Kingdom

Sheffield All Saints Church Eccleshall, Dvorak Concerto conducted by Chris Gayford

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November 2018
28th, United Kingdom

London Royal Festival Hall, Dusapin double concerto At Swim-Two-Birds, with Viktoria Mullova, violin, and conducted by Andres Orozco-Estrada

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10th, United States

Seattle, Dusapin double concerto At Swim-Two-Birds, with Viktoria Mullova, violin, and conducted by Ludovico Morlot

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8th, United States

Seattle, Dusapin double concerto At Swim-Two-Birds, with Viktoria Mullova, violin, and conducted by Ludovico Morlot

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October 2018
25th, Latvia

Gruber Cello Concerto with Riga Sinfonietta conducted by Normunds Sne

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20th, Netherlands

Leiden, recital with Calefax Reed Quintet New works by Fitkin and Buis, and new arrangements of Purcell, Tye and Walton’s Cello Concerto

19th, Netherlands

Nijmegen, recital with Calefax Reed Quintet New works by Fitkin and Buis, and new arrangements of Purcell, Tye and Walton’s Cello Concerto

17th, Netherlands

Utrecht, recital with Calefax Reed Quintet New works by Fitkin and Buis, and new arrangements of Purcell, Tye and Walton’s Cello Concerto

11th, United Kingdom

London Kings Place 10th Anniversary concert (private invitation only), performance of Brazilian jazz arranged for cello and string orchestra with the Matthew Barley Ensemble.

7th, United Kingdom

Oxford Chamber Music Festival, Holywell Music Room Kodaly Duo with Priya Mitchell violin.

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September 2018
29th, United Kingdom

Hurstpierpoint Festival, Matthew’s group Between The Notes reunite for an evening with brilliant actor/comedian Niall Ashdown for extraordinary improvisations of music and story.

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28th, United Kingdom

Hurstpierpoint Festival, solo recital with improvisations, Bach, Mark O’Connor, Giovanni Sollima and Britten

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27th, United Kingdom

Suffolk, Thornham Magna Church, solo recital with improvisations, Bach, Mark O’Connor, Giovanni Sollima and Britten

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25th, United Kingdom

The Sage Gateshead Hall 2, Strad in Rio with Viktoria Mullova, Paul Clarvis and Joao Luis Noguero Pinto

20th, Netherlands

Utrecht, Dom Chapel, Recital with Calefax Reed Quintet New works by Fitkin and Buis, and new arrangements of Purcell, Tye and Walton’s Cello Concerto

5 more concerts with Calefax, same programme as above.

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July 2018
25th, Czech Republic

Brno Besedni Dum, Tan Dun The Map with Brno Philharmonic and Alan Buribayev

9th, Moldova, Republic of

Chisinau solo recital and workshops

2nd, Latvia

recording The Protecting Veil

June 2018
30th, Latvia

Riga The Protecting Veil by Sir John Tavener with Riga Sinfonietta

May 2018
24th, France

Paris Orchestre National de France

Double Concerto – At Swim-Two Birds, by Pascal Dusapin with Viktoria Mullova, conducted by Pascal Rophé

18th, Germany

Leipzig Double Concerto – At Swim-Two Birds, by Pascal Dusapin with Viktoria Mullova, conducted by Dima Slobodeniouk

17th, Germany

Leipzig Double Concerto – At Swim-Two Birds, by Pascal Dusapin with Viktoria Mullova, conducted by Dima Slobodeniouk

8th, Finland

Helsinki Arrangements of Brazilian jazz for cello and strings by Matthew Barley, with Helsinki Strings.

2nd, Finland

Improvisation course for Lahti Symphony Orchestra

1st, Denmark

Herning Improvisation course for Ensemble MidtVest

April 2018
30th, Denmark

Herning Improvisation course for Ensemble MidtVest

26th, Finland

Lahti Symphony Orchestra

Double Concerto by Thomas Larcher with Viktoria Mullova, conducted by Dima Slobodeniouk. Finnish premiere

25th, Finland

Double Concerto by Thomas Larcher with Viktoria Mullova, conducted by Dima Slobodeniouk. Finnish premiere

January 2018
24th, United Kingdom

Kingston University, London solo cello and live electronics

16th, Finland

Helsinki, Improvisation course at the Espoo Institute of Music

December 2017
2nd, United Kingdom

London St John’s Smith Square 7.30pm for Modern Mystics at SouthBank Centre, Sir John Tavener The Protecting Veil Matthew directs the City of London Sinfonia and also presents his interactive Living Programme Notes about the Tavener in houses around Smith Square.

1st, United Kingdom

Saffron Hall 7.30pm, Sir John Tavener The Protecting Veil Matthew directs the City of London Sinfonia and also presents his interactive Living Programme Notes about the Tavener.

November 2017
24th, Sweden

Stockholm Konserthuset main hall, HK Gruber cello concerto Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard

23rd, Sweden

Örebro, HK Gruber cello concerto Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard

18th, United Kingdom

London, Hampstead Festival St John’s Church 7.30pm Stradivarius in Rio, Brazilian Songs with Viktoria Mullova, Paul Clarvis and Joao Luis Nogueiro Pinto

17th, United Kingdom

Sheffield 7.45pm Crucible Theatre Stradivarius in Rio, Brazilian Songs with Viktoria Mullova, Paul Clarvis and Joao Luis Nogueiro Pinto

15th, Italy

Naples 8.30pm Teatro Sannazaro Stradivarius in Rio, Brazilian Songs with Viktoria Mullova, Paul Clarvis and Joao Luis Nogueiro Pinto

14th, United Kingdom

7.30pm Wimbledon Festival Stradivarius in Rio, Incredibly beautiful Brazilian Songs with Viktoria Mullova, Paul Clarvis and Joao Luis Nogueiro Pinto

4th, Germany

Kassel 7pm Saint Saens concerto no. 1 with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Fabien Gabel

3rd, Germany

Frankfurt am Mein, HR Sendesaal Saint Saens concerto no. 1 with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Fabien Gabel

2nd, Germany

Frankfurt am Mein, HR Sendesaal Saint Saens concerto no. 1 with Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Fabien Gabel

October 2017
29th, Germany

Kassel 7pm – Surprise Concert with Avi Avital and Manu Delago, who meet for the first time together on 25th October and begin planning this concert programme.

28th, Germany

Kassel 11am  – Workshop with Avi Avital and Manu Delago offering insight into their brand new programme created entirely in Kassel in the days leading to their concert on 29th

27th, Germany

Kassel  8pm – Solo recital Bach, Britten, Sollima

26th, Germany

Kassel Residency at the Kasseler Musiktage Festival 

20th, United Kingdom

London Kings Place, Indian Inflections, part of the Cello Unwrapped Festival with O/Modernt, Hugo Ticciati, Sukwinder “Pinky” Singh, Soumik Datta

1st, United Kingdom

Oxford Chamber Music Festival with Priya Mitchell, Hugo Ticciati, Sukwinder Singh

September 2017
30th, Netherlands

Amsterdam Concertgebouw 14.15 Zaterdag Matinee World premiere of Double Concerto – At Swim-Two Birds, by Pascal Dusapin with Viktoria Mullova, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and Markus Stenz

August 2017
21st, Germany

Berlin Konzerthaus concert with Hugo Ticciati, O Modernt orchestra, Sukwinder ‘Pinky-ji’ Singh and Soumik Datta Featuring new version of Raag Bhairavi for cello, violin, sarod, table and string orchestra.

17th, Sweden

Stockholm recording with Hugo Ticciati, O Modernt orchestra, Sukwinder ‘Pinky-ji’ Singh and Soumik Datta

June 2017
30th, Latvia

Riga Festival Ad Lucem All night concert

16th, Sweden

Stockholm O Modernt Festival

1st, France

Lyon Opera House Lyon Ballet, One of a Kind a full length ballet by Jiri Kylian, music by Brett Dean for on-stage solo cello and electronics

May 2017
31st, France

Lyon Opera House Lyon Ballet, One of a Kind a full length ballet by Jiri Kylian, music by Brett Dean for on-stage solo cello and electronics

30th, France

Lyon Opera House Lyon Ballet, One of a Kind a full length ballet by Jiri Kylian, music by Brett Dean for on-stage solo cello and electronics

28th, France

Lyon Opera House Lyon Ballet, One of a Kind a full length ballet by Jiri Kylian, music by Brett Dean for on-stage solo cello and electronics

27th, France

Lyon Opera House Lyon Ballet, One of a Kind a full length ballet by Jiri Kylian, music by Brett Dean for on-stage solo cello and electronics

26th, France

Lyon Opera House Lyon Ballet, One of a Kind a full length ballet by Jiri Kylian, music by Brett Dean for on-stage solo cello and electronics

20th, Germany

Schloss Elmau Chamber music with Hugo Ticciati, Tom Poster, Christopher Sundqvist and Sukwinder ‘Pinky’ Singh

19th, Germany

Schloss Elmau Chamber music with Hugo Ticciati,, Tom Poster and Christopher Sundqvist

12th, Czech Republic

Brno Besedni Dum Elgar cello concerto with Brno Philharmonic and Alexander Joel

11th, Czech Republic

Brno Besedni Dum Elgar cello concerto with Brno Philharmonic and Alexander Joel

10th, Czech Republic

Brno Besedni Dum Elgar cello concerto with Brno Philharmonic and Alexander Joel

April 2017
6th, United Kingdom

London World premiere of Roxana Panufnik’s 99 Words for my Darling Children for cello and choir with Voce and Suzi Digby conducting.

January 2017
30th, New Zealand

Adam Chamber Music Festival

23rd, Finland

East Helsinki Music School creative music project with students and Helsinki Strings

20th, Czech Republic

Brno Besedni Dum, John Tavener, The Protecting Veil with Brno Philharmonic and Robert Kruzik

19th, Czech Republic

Brno Besedni Dum, John Tavener, The Protecting Veil with Brno Philharmonic and Robert Kruzik

December 2016
8th, Czech Republic

Brno Besedni Dum, Tan Dun The Map with Brno Philharmonic and Alan Buribayev

1st, United Kingdom

Manchester Haydn Cello Concerto with David Greilsammer and BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

November 2016
11th, United Kingdom

Cambridge Festival solo recital, cello and electronics

October 2016
28th, Denmark

European Music Union Lecture and workshop

26th, United Kingdom

London, The Old Queen’s Head Nessi Gomes CD launch, guest appearance

23rd, United Kingdom

Two Moors Festival Mix and Match, Schubert and Brahms

13th, United Kingdom

Manchester, Peel Hall, University of Salford UK premiere of Thomas Larcher’s cello concerto with BBC Philharmonic and Ben Gernon

6th, United Kingdom

Kestle Barton, Cornwall Spontonality, Improvisation week with Tim West, Julian Bliss, Tony Woods, Torbjorn Hultmark

September 2016
28th, United Kingdom

Oxford Chamber Music Festival

19th, United Kingdom

Hurstpierpoint Festival, recital with Between The Notes

16th, United Kingdom

Royal Festival Hall, London Universal Notes for Opening of Darbar Festival

August 2016
28th, United Kingdom

Leicestershire Shambala Festival – Lecture: What’s Music For?

25th, United Kingdom

North Yorkshire North York Moors Chamber Music Festival

July 2016
16th, United Kingdom

Petworth Festival Recital with Alasdair Beatson Schumann, Janacek, Brahms, Beethoven

2nd, Switzerland

Haydn Concerto and creative projects with Camerata Alma Viva