Bach brought to Mission House by cellist Robert Irvine


CONTINUING with a series of classical music recitals, The Mission House Studio in Harris presents Bach’s Cello Suites 1, 2 and 3, performed by Robert Irvine, next weekend (Friday, June 22nd).

The Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello by Johann Sebastian Back are some of the most performed and recognisable solo compositions every written for the string instrument.

Delivering Suites 1, 2 and 3 at The Mission House Studio is Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama senior tutor of Cello and Chamber Music Robert Irvine.

Born in Glasgow, Irvine was awarded a scholarship to the Royal College of Music aged 16 and whilst there won most of the major prizes in chamber music and solo playing.

On leaving the Royal College he studied further with William Pleeth and Pierre Fournier, before joining the Philharmonica as sub principle cello and at this time he toured much of Europe with other musical outfit the Brindisi String Quartet.

Irvine left the Philharmonica in 1988 to take up the position of principal cello with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, touring all over the world. And in 1990 he returned to Scotland to take up the post as principal cellist with Scottish Opera, as well as founding the Chamber Group of Scotland with Sally Beamish and James MacMillan.

Seats are limited at The Mission House Studio, so advance ticket booking is essential. Tickets are priced at £18 and all concert proceeds are to be donated to The Leanne Fund charity and CHAS (Children’s Hospice Association Scotland).