ONE OF the finest cellists of his generation, Matthew has appeared as soloist with top orchestras and in recital in many great concert halls around the world, but he is equally comfortable making music with Indian, Sufi, African and jazz musicians or London's grime MCs, and his musical passions include improvisation and new music alongside education.
Matthew visits Concerts Penzance at St John's Hall on Friday at 7pm as he travels 'Around Britten' exploring the legacy of British composer Benjamin Britten whose centenary takes place this year.
Always one to look at the world of music from unusual angles, Matthew's programme in Penzance sets Britten's writing for solo cello among a diverse mix of contemporary cello music by composers working in Britain in the years since Britten's death, including Dai Fujikura, John Tavener, James MacMillan, Colin Matthews and Gavin Bryars. The programme also includes improvisations around a remix of the Fujikura score by Norwegian DJ Jan Bang.
The concert opens with new music for 21 players inspired by Britten's suites for solo cello, written over the preceding four days by Matthew Barley and Music Scholars from Humphry Davy School – the first big collaboration project of the Around Britten tour.
Tickets priced £10 (£2 for under 19s) are available from West Penwith Music, 01736 364440 and Mounts Bay Wine, Bread Street, 01736 364118 and on the door.