Bach & the Bard

Past Event

Friday, 8 April 2016 - 6pm to 7:30pm

As part of our Shakespeare 400 celebrations we will spend an evening exploring the pairing of live music and spoken word. In the ambient Gallery Room, 'cellist Rachel Scott and actor Paul Armstrong will marry Shakespearean sonnets and Bach’s second suite for solo ‘cello (BWV 1008).

Join us for this spellbinding performance which explores the unique gifts of two great artists. The event is informal and will run for approximately one hour.

This event is presented in association with Bach in the Dark.

Bach in the Dark

Rachel Scott dressed as BachRachel Scott 

Rachel Scott studied with David Pereira in Canberra and Robert Cohen in London. She has played as a soloist and chamber musician in the United Kingdom, Serbia, Albania, Finland, Hungary and Germany. Rachel is the founder of the highly successful and innovative ‘Bach in the Dark’ concert series, through which she presents regular concerts with some of Australia’s best chamber musicians, actors and visual artists.

Rachel’s role as education manager for the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF) means that she continues to provide underprivileged children with ongoing access to a quality music experience in the classroom, often training teachers as well. She also works closely with the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), facilitating interactive concerts and workshops throughout Australia that bring together children and orchestral musicians.

Rachel has also spent considerable time in East Timor as part of Mary McKillop International for whom she trained music teachers with the goal of independent delivery of music in primary schools in Dili and throughout Timor. Rachel is now resident in Sydney and is in constant demand as a chamber musician and coach.

Paul Armstrong headshotPaul Armstrong

Paul Armstrong didn’t start out as an actor. Early on he studied philosophy and English literature (in 1980s Manchester), made an unexpected migration to Australia, and then completed a Masters in Human Bioethics (at 1990s Monash). There were several years of engaging and challenging experiences in leadership and management in government and not-for-profit organisations in Sydney.

At 40, finally, Paul trained at drama school. He started a new chapter as a working actor. A range of credits on stage and screen have followed. Theatre includes shows at Sydney’s Seymour Centre, Old Fitz Theatre, Riverside Theatre (Parramatta) and the Bondi Pavilion.

Paul is excited to explore how different artistic forms, and different forms of expression, can tell stories and captivate audiences. In 2013, Paul worked with cellist the Dark for the first time on a series of concerts for Cello and spoken word.

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