The Cottier Chamber Project Bite-Sized Bach Alison McGillivray Hunterian Art Gallery 16 Jun 1.10 p.m.
The Cottier Chamber Project Bite-Sized Bach Alison McGillivray
Hunterian Art Gallery
82 Hillhead Street, G12 8QQ
Monday 16 Jun 1:10pm
Free unticketed (100 places)
Johann Sebastian Bach: Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012
Throughout music history, there are a handful of composers whose genius has an influence for centuries to come. Johann Sebastian Bach is undoubtedly in that number, possibly the greatest composer ever to live. Our lunchtime series this year is made up of 10 concerts with a single work by Bach – his cello suites and a selection of the sonatas and partitas for solo violin. The performers all come from different musical backgrounds, with players from major symphony orchestras, small chamber groups and specialists in baroque period performance. Each of them has a different understanding and approach to Bach’s music, informed by nearly 300 years of tradition and scholarship, as they come together to explore the music that came from the pen of one of the greatest musicians ever to live.
Glasgow resident Alison McGillivray studied modern cello at the RSAMD (RCS) with William Conway. She became hooked by Early Music while studying with Jennifer Ward Clark in London – her love of the viola da gamba stems from accompanying the Early English Song Class at the Royal Academy of Music. Alison played in London for many years as principal cellist and soloist with the Academy of Ancient Music and the English Consort.
She has performed as a soloist and director in the UK and throughout Europe. Her solo recordings include CPE Bach’s Cello Concerto with the Academy of Ancient Music and Geminiani Cello Sonatas with David McGuinness (Linn Records). Soon to be released albums include Tobias Hume’s Songs and Viol Music with Concerto Caledonia, Vivaldi’s L’Estro Armonico with Rachel Podger & Brecon Baroque, and Nine Daies Wonder with The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments – a celebration of Will Kemp’s 9 day dance in 1600 from London to Norwich.
Alison teacher baroque cello and viol at the Royal Conservatiore of Scotland and this year is giving masterclasses at Lodz Music Academy, Poland and at Nova Scotia’s Boxwood summer Festival. She has recently qualified as a Feldekrais Method practitioner and is combining her skills to explore how the way we move can influence the music we make.
In 2012 Alison played Bach Cello Suites at Rachel Podger’s Tokyo Bach Weekend, and the same year was invited by the London Cello Society to perform on the unique 400 year old Amati 5-string cello. She didn’t drop it.
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