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The next live-streamed concert will be on Thursday 3rd September at 7.30 pm

The Alandale String Trio

Bach Goldberg Variations

The Goldberg Variations were written in 1741 specifically for a 2 manual harpsichord, but they make a very effective string trio, as many of the variations are effectively duets or trios. It’s one of only a few works to be published in Bach’s lifetime – he was regarded much more highly as a keyboard player than a composer – but its origins and the title are an enigma that has attracted many theories. Bach may have been inspired to outdo Handel, who had published a Theme and 62 Variations for harpsichord. Bach wrote “only” 30, but on a theme four times as long. As well as a masterclass in writing variations on a ground (the theme is actually the bass of the opening Aria rather than the melody) it’s also a miracle of polyphony and musical symmetry. Every variation presents a new compositional and technical challenge: every third is a canon. The penultimate Quodlibet introduces some popular folk melodies, and the work ends with a reprise of the opening Aria. (notes by Donald Judge)

We are delighted to welcome back the Alandale String Trio who have played twice in Bollington in the last few years. All three play with the Liverpool Philharmonic, and audiences were impressed by the marvellous musicianship and rapport of this new ensemble.

Andrew Harvey, violin, studied at the Royal Academy in London and is now a resident of Bollington. He is the assistant leader of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, having previously been a member of the Royal Northern Sinfonia. He also regularly performs with the English Chamber Orchestra and the John Wilson Orchestra. He is passionate about chamber music and has appeared at venues such as Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and Buckingham Palace.

Alexander Holladay, cello, plays with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and has appeared as guest leader for Aurora Orchestra, including at the BBC Proms. He has also played with the Philharmonia, the John Wilson Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and has performed in masterclasses with the Endellion, Chilingirian, Borodin and Fitzwilliam Quartets, and the Florestan Trio at the Britten Pears School, Aldeburgh.

Alex Mitchell, viola, is a graduate of the RNCM and plays with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Until 2018, Alex was a member of the Zelkova String Quartet and last performed in Bollington with them in 2015. During his chamber music life Alex has been lucky enough to collaborate with artists such as Levon Chillingirian, Pavel Fischer, Nobuko Imai and Petr Prause.