Matthew Barley/Cellist

Music is well said to be the speech of Angels.

Thomas Carlyle

This Is It

Have just had the most wonderful week in Eccles working with brilliant 6th form students and the Eccles Community Choir.

We’re written a very exciting piece, “This Is It”, that we’ll perform and record for BBC Radio 3 tomorrow night. It has been genuinely moving to find such enthusiasm for music here – the college has been amazing; great facilities, wonderful staff, and a very chilled out atmosphere. I’m sure the concert will be a great success, and all thanks to the great energy and music that the students and choir have come up with. We will be the second half of the concert; in the first half I play Mark Anthony-Turnage’s Kai with the BBC Philharmonic which is a beautiful piece – a requiem for the death of young cellist Kai Scheffler back in 1989. The whole thing is so well supported by the BBC and the college.
I wish all projects could be like this.

1 Comment

  • Richard says:

    Hi Matthew,

    Great concert last night, I think we really pulled off something special, in such a short space of time too.

    Gemma and I had a great time working with you and everyone else and would be great to do it again sometime.

    If you get the chance, check out its the website of Walt Shaw, my mentor and inspiration for the Molonophone. He has an album of his recordings that you can download there for free. He does a lot of stuff in schools teaching kids how to make their own instruments and things too. He also has some videos and audio of his performances on

    I know that looks like a shameless plug but I really love his work and I just want as many people to hear it as possible so they can enjoy it with me 🙂

    Anyway, again it was lovely to meet and have the chance to work with you.

    All the best for the future,


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