Matthew Barley/Cellist

If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music.

Albert Einstein

My Spitalfield’s Festival dates start in a week

I have been invited to be Associate Artist at Spitalfields Festival, starting next Saturday June 9th with a performance/lecture called What’s Music For? I will be exploring, er, what music is for, in different cultures around the world, playing some examples on the cello, and recordings of others. Hopefully, my answers to that question will surprise and delight…

Then on June 11th, I  will be reading through some great works of chamber music with a seriously stellar group of musicians: Nicholas Daniel, oboe: Julian Bliss, clarinet; Priya Mitchell and Giovanni Guzzo, violins; Krzyzstof Chorzelski (Belcea Quartet) and Simone van der Giessen (Navarra Quartet); and Jamie Walton and myself on cellos. Works by Mozart, Brahms and Tckaikovsky, played without any rehearsal to raise money for the education work of the festival – prepare for sparks!

On June 20th I will be playing Sir John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil with the Royal Academy String Orchestra conducted by Nicholas Collon, late at night, with just candles in the church. Should be special. And finally, on June 15th I will spend a day playing in the Royal London Hospital for patients on a number of different wards, but this will not be open to the public. It’s a very exciting festival to be involved in.

Details for all the concerts including for booking are here – scroll down for the 2nd and 3rd dates.


I shall be tweeting about the festival all the way through – to follow me, click here.

But before that, off to St Petersburg for the white nights (no proper darkness at night, in other words), and the Peasant Girl in the legendary Philharmonic Hall…fun fun fun

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