Cavatina: The Inner Life of Ensemble

Saturday 4th June 2.00 – 4.00 pm

Wigmore Hall

36 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2BP

In this unique lecture-recital, Professor Paul Robertson, leader of the renowned Medici String Quartet, offers his perspective on the inner workings and emotional dynamics of ensemble playing.

Paul shares his experiences of the pressures, the struggles, the spiritual costs and rewards of a music ensemble. In conversation with Tia Kuchmy, Jungian analyst and musician, Paul answers questions about how a string quartet comes into being, rehearses and forges its joint interpretative decisions. Playing in an ensemble is a metaphor for life itself and illustrates the tension between outer and inner reality.  Paul describes the striving and intense emotional ambivalence the players experience within the music, and occasionally between themselves.  In what will almost certainly be their very last appearance together, the Medici String Quartet perform Beethovens Cavatina as a tribute to their and their previous colleagues’ musical life as an ensemble.

Professor Paul Robertson founded the Medici Quartet forty-five years ago. During this time, he has been visiting Professor in Music and Medicine to the Peninsula Medical School, Visiting Fellow of Green, Templeton College, Oxford, a Fellow of the RSA and Associate of the Royal Society of Medicine. His work exploring the neurological and scientific basis of music reached a wide audience with the Channel 4 television series Music and the Mind. More recently, his award-winning Radio 4 programme Hearing Ragas explored his time in coma and close relationship with the composer Sir John Tavener. Paul’s book Soundscapes of the Soul will be published by Faber & Faber in Autumn 2016.

Tia Kuchmy is a Jungian analyst with IGAP, London. Originally trained as a musician, she has a special interest in linking the insights of C.G. Jung with archetypal dynamics in the realm of music, and has given talks in Jungian circles on a variety of topics, including the music of Michael Tippett, Bartok’s Bluebeard’s Castle, and Wagner’s Parsifal.

Tickets priced £15/£10 are available from the Wigmore Hall

(The Wigmore Hall have a special rate of £5 for the under 35s)

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