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Sunday 11 June 2017

This is my dream,
It is my own dream,

I dreamt it.
I dreamt that my hair was kept
Then I dreamt that my true love unkept it.
Ogden Nash

Music has the power to lift our spirits and this particular music appeals to everyone from musicologists to babies.  This unique intimate cloister performance of JS Bach’s Goldberg Variations arranged for the sublime combination of violin, viola da gamba and cello promises a life-changing perception-altering experience. Bach’s ‘music for the soul’s delight’ is a breathtaking and virtuoso array of diverse movements from the humorous to the heavenly, in which a single theme is taken on a dancing musical journey.

As with other great works it has become encrusted with myth and legend. Whether or not the Variations were really written to soothe an insomniac Russian with music of ‘a smooth and somewhat lively character that he might be a little cheered up by them in his sleepless nights’ (as Bach’s rst biographer claims), CHROMA musicians Daniel Pioro and Clare O’Connell, joined by Liam Byrne and Trevor Allan Davies, will explore the theme of sleep, and, possibly, sleeplessness, in a deeply meditative dream sequence interspersed with a selection of readings on the nature of sleep.

“Dazzling virtuosity and delicacy by all three artists at Chroma’s Goldberg Variations in the cloister – ending in a mere wisp of sound – a magical and haunting reiteration of Bach’s first theme. Perfect repertoire for this intimate space”. Judy Eglington, Artistic Director

J S Bach 
Goldberg Variations
Daniel Pioro

Liam Byrne
viola da gamba
Clare O’Connell
Trevor Allan Davies

“the ever-admirable CHROMA” The Observer

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