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Chichester Music Society: Pavlos Carvalho, Bach Cello Suites

Wed 9 Sep 2020 7:30pm

The Chapel, University of Chichester

Booking Details: See notes below for attending the concert and also for accessing the livestream below.

Chichester Music Society

Pavlos Carvalho is probably best known to CMS members as the cellist with Ensemble Reza. However, he is a distinguished soloist and his recitals of the Bach Cello Suites have become something of a special feature of the Festival of Chichester. Anyone fortunate enough to attend the concerts at St John’s Chapel will need no encouragement to come and hear him at the University.

In addition to fine musicianship, when talking about these wonderful pieces he is able to add many insights which bring them to life. In an interview with Phil Hewitt which appeared in the Mid Sussex Times a few years ago, he noted that “You get into the mind frame if you play Bach. There is perhaps a difficulty particularly with the awareness of period performance, but for me, whether consciously or unconsciously, it is all about the clarity of the voicing. Even when he is writing for the cello, he is writing for different voices, and the challenge is to make the voicing clear. If you look at the score, you are faced with a barrage of notes. You have to find out which ones are of primary importance, which ones of secondary importance. The idea is to put in that hard work so the end result appears simple. But you will always see new things. You can spend your entire life trying to find out the definitive version, but you won’t. That’s both the joy and the frustration!”

In his lecture/recital Pavlos will be talking about his approach to the Bach Cello Suites and giving complete performances of Suites 1, 3 and 5.

This is a great opportunity to hear him in this remarkable music.

Tickets & Booking

Current regulations mean that all those intending to come to the lecture/recital will need to book in advance. Members will be given priority and should email Elizabeth Brooks (or phone her using the mobile number below) as soon as possible. Friends and visitors may book seats at £15 and payment in advance will be required using direct bank transfer wherever possible (details below). It will not be possible to purchase tickets at the door. Seats may be limited and will be allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. To reserve seats/purchase tickets please contact:

Elizabeth Brooks (Membership Secretary)
Phone: 07973 410407

CMS NWB Bank details:
Sort Code 60-05-24
Account Number: 20505345
Please use your surname as an identifier on the payment.

To access the livestream, read this notice.

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