Music in the Museum: Classical Live Music & Concerts


Bach, Mozart and the Art of Listening A classical music performance in the stunning Drawing Room, surrounded by the museum's art collection

Performers: Julia Barker, Violin and David Murphy Violin and Viola

This illustrated performance will feature the music of Bach, Mozart and their contemporaries including the violinist Giuseppe Tartini. The performance will include a demonstration of the ideas of this remarkable musical genius - ideas that lead us to listening to music on a deeper level and therefore getting ever more enjoyment from it.

Julia Barker – Violin

Julia began her violin studies at the age of nine. Aged twelve, she became a student at Chethams School of Music in Manchester, the specialist school for talented young musicians, where in her final year she was leader of the school’s prestigious Symphony Orchestra.

Julia then went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Erich Gruenberg. Whilst at the Guildhall School, Julia studied chamber music with the Amadeus Quartet, and gave concerts throughout Britain and Europe. In recognition of her contribution to chamber music, Julia was awarded the Guildhall Chamber Music Prize.

She was subsequently awarded a scholarship for post-graduate study in the United States, where her teacher was Professor Andrezj Grabiec. Whilst in America, Julia was a finalist in the Naftzger Competition for Young Soloists. She has since performed with most of Britain’s major orchestras, particularly the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the London Mozart Players. In addition to concerto performances internationally, Julia specialises in chamber music performances in venues ranging from prisons and detention centres to the world’s famous concert halls.

Age guidance: All ages

*Special offer* - to celebrate the launch of an extended programme of Music in the Museum, where Wardown House now hosts jazz concerts in addition to classical. Book 3 or more events from the series and save 30% (tickets must be purchased in a single transaction).

David Murphy Violin and Viola

Born in Pembrokeshire, David began his musical studies as a violinist, and within a few months was awarded a full scholarship to the Purcell School.

He was the last student of Leon Barzin, and as a result has a direct link to the great conductors of the early twentieth century, notably Toscanini, Furtwängler and Erich Kleiber - a unique training for a conductor of his generation.

His critically acclaimed Royal Festival Hall debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra included a groundbreaking performance of Sibelius 2nd Symphony utilising the original manuscript sources. He returned to the Royal Festival Hall, this time with the London Philharmonic Orchestra to conduct the World Premiere of the Symphony by Ravi Shankar alongside minimalist milestones by Adams and Glass. This was released on the LPO live label (“a resounding triumph” the Independent 5*)

In addition to Barzin, two other legendary mentors were central to his development as a musician: the conductor Sir Charles Mackerras and the sitar maestro and composer Pandit Ravi Shankar. David’s music- making contains a unique blend of these very potent influences. He is currently at the forefront of the development of a new “Indo-Classic” musical genre which aims to tap into the common roots of both traditions. His career spans four continents and has included concerts, recordings and broadcasts with the Philharmonia, Residentie Orkest, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonia ViVA, Britten Sinfonia and the London Sinfonietta. He recently completed Ravi Shankar’s opera Sukanya, and, in a co-production with the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted the World Premiere tour of the work.

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Date(s)19 May 2019
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VenueWardown Park Museum
AddressOld Bedford Rd, Luton, Bedfordshire,

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Event Details

Date19 May 2019
Time(s)2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
VenueWardown Park Museum
Old Bedford Rd
Phone01582 878100
CategoryLive Music & Concerts


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