Matthew Barley/Cellist

Music always wins.

Samuel Beckett

Spitalfields Festival Concerts

The Spitalfields Festival won the Royal Philharmonic Society award for best Concert Series and Festival this year. They thoroughly deserve it for wonderful and adventurous programming in great venues. Next week I have two concerts in the Festival: on Tuesday 5th I’ll be in Spitalfields Market playing music I’ve created with DJ Bee over the last couple of years, including Vanishing Tracks and Funky Requiem – laid back beats, midi-pedal systems, improvisations over electronica and loads of reverb…

http://www.spitalfieldsfestival.org.uk/marketbarley.htm 

And on Wednesday 6th I join cellist Rohan de Saram (ex-Arditti Quartet) for an evening that includes all the preludes from Bach’s solo suites, as well as a world premiere by John Metcalfe for cello and electronics, and his Constant Filter (the piece that was the big hit of my On The Road tour last year), as well as Kodaly, some improvisations, and Bartok duos arranged for two cellos.

http://www.spitalfieldsfestival.org.uk/barleyrohan.htm 

I’m really looking forward to this, in the incredible setting of Wilton’s Music Hall http://www.wiltons.org.uk/