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GOLDBERG VARIATIONS by Bach - Performed by David Wright on Harpsichord

The Goldberg Variations are a set of 30 variations for harpsichord by Johann Sebastian Bach and the work is considered to be one of the most important examples of variation form, named after Johann Gottlieb Goldberg who may have been the first performer.

David Wright is an accomplished soloist and continuo player, and has directed concerts and has performed with numerous orchestras and ensembles throughout the UK and abroad; he has performed the Goldberg Variations in a wide variety of places, from Bethnal Green to Boston.

David Wright’s concert will be in two parts: the first part will be dedicated to an introduction to the Goldberg Variations and to the harpsichord, and the second part will be the complete performance of the Goldberg Variations.

Terry Barfoot+David Wright

David Wright

David graduated with distinction from the Royal College of Music in 2003 where for two consecutive years he won the Richard the Third and Century Fund Prizes. In the same year he also won first prize in the prestigious Broadwood Harpsichord Competition - an international event held biannually at London’s Fenton House, home of the Historic Benton Fletcher collection of early keyboard instruments, where he subsequently became artist in residence.

Born in Bethnal Green in the East End of London, David Wright received no musical training as a child and taught himself to play ‘by ear’. It wasn’t until he was sixteen that he had his first piano lesson and learned to read music, later going on to study harpsichord, organ, and viola da gamba as an undergraduate at Trinity College of Music, where he won the Ella Kidney prize for early music.

David works regularly with some of the world’s leading ensembles and musicians. He has directed concerts from the harpsichord including the first modern performance of Thomas Arne’s ballard opera ‘The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green’. David is engaged regularly amongst the artists at Dartington International Summer School and as repetitieur with the English Touring Opera and The English Bach Festival, with whom he has been assistant musical director for several operas. David’s radio and television broadcasts include performances as a finalist in the York Early Music Competition and soloist at the Handel House Museum London (both for BBC Radio3) and more recently a recital as part of the Belfast Music Festival, broadcast on BBC Northern Ireland. As a continuo player and soloist David performs regularly with the London Concertante, who tour extensively worldwide.

David’s new recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations was released on the 1st of May 2007 with a complete performance of them at St Martin-in-the-Fields, which attracted the attention of the ITV news, who featured the concert in the headlines that evening.

Recent engagements include the world premiere with Emma Kirkby of a new work by Stephen Mcneff, the first modern performance of a Harpsichord concerto by J.H.Roman (1694-1757) with his new baroque orchestra ‘The Harmonious Society of Tickle-Fiddle Gentlemen’ (July 2008), Bach’s D minor concerto with the London Concertante (September 2008), and harpsichord concertos by Arne and Stanley with Peter Holman (August 2008). David also has a number of performances of the Goldberg Variations coming up, details of which can be found on his website: www.wrightsnotes.com

David has a keen interest in instrument building and restoration, and has recently completed a copy of a 17th century English harpsichord which he uses regularly for concerts.

Terry Barfoot

Terry Barfoot is a well known figure in the musical life of southern England, and has for many years given presentations at music clubs and festivals throughout the country. He writes for many leading publications, and for seven years edited the Classical Music Repertoire Guide. His book Opera: A History was published by The Bodley Head, and he contributed to The International Dictionary of Opera and the new Grove’s Dictionary. He writes programme notes for many festivals and orchestras, including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, for whom he is Publications Consultant.

Terry has written CD insert notes for Regis, EMI, Chandos, Virgin Classics and ASV. A founder member of the Vaughan Williams Society, this year he has given lecture series on the composer at Oxford University and the British Library. With his own company Arts in Residence he promotes musical events at agreeable locations throughout Britain and in Europe, and recently led a visit to Prague, featuring operas by Mozart and Dvorak in the theatres in which they were first performed. Next April he will lead a similar visit to Budapest, in February he will lecture on Beethoven at a conference in Cologne, while in May will give a series of lectures on Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen at Château Marouatte, near Périgueux.