This cycle of Johann Sebastian Bach's solo-violin music will take place on the evenings of 2nd and 3rd September 2017 at Shrewsbury Abbey with the concerts commencing at 7pm - doors open from 6pm.|
The concerts will present the complete Sonatas and Partitas and will be performed to aid the renovation and eventual restoration of the Abbey Organ.
The organ at Shrewsbury Abbey was commissioned from the organ-builders William Hill and Sons and was inaugurated in 1911.
Various additions were made during the early years of the twentieth century, but no further work, nor cleaning, has been undertaken since 1958. Partly as a result of this, the organ is now increasingly susceptible to the vagaries of the weather and relative humidity levels within the Abbey, and is becoming progressively more unreliable although the quality of the instrument and the richness of its Edwardian tone are still evident and the organ is a wonderful and fitting complement to the beauty of this ancient Abbey church.
The Church Council have been advised restoration costs will be in the region of £500,000 and will involve the instrument being completely dismantled and rebuilt and hopefully returned to the complete specification intended by William Hill and Sons. There will also be ongoing maintenance of the structure, mechanics and action of the instrument until such time as funding is sufficient to commence the restoration.
Earlier this year, violinist Rupert Marshall-Luck visited the Abbey and was immediately struck by its architectural beauty as well as by its fine acoustics. Upon learning of the Abbeys project to restore the organ, he offered to perform two concerts, between them presenting the complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin of J.S. Bach, over a single weekend in September.
Hailed by BBC Music Magazine for his handsome tone and laser-like tuning, and acclaimed by audiences and critics alike for the verve, commitment and intelligence of his performances, Marshall-Luck appears as soloist and recitalist at major festivals and venues throughout the UK as well as in France, Germany, the Netherlands, the Republic of Ireland, Switzerland and the USA. His extensive discography includes many World Première recordings as well as conspectuses of the complete music for violin and piano of Herbert Howells and C. Hubert H. Parry; and his solo performances have been frequently
broadcast on BBC Radio 3, ABC Classic FM (Australia), RTÉ (Ireland), SABC (South Africa), Radio Suisse Romande (Switzerland), and in Canada, France, New Zealand and the USA.
Rupert Marshall-Luck said: I am delighted to have this opportunity to help Shrewsbury Abbey realise its goal of restoring a first-class instrument to the heart of cultural life of Shrewsbury and the wider Shropshire communities. For a long time I have wished to perform the solo Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach as a cycle; and it is marvellous to be able to do so in the magnificent setting of the Abbey whilst at the same time making a contribution to this important and far-reaching project.
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