University of Leicester eBulletin

Music to Fire the Imagination

October 2002
No 225

“Extraordinary . . . Groundbreaking. . .Mingled passion, enthusiasm and informality . . . Four of the most enjoyable days of my life . . . Brilliant, wicked man, mad for it! Most thrilling experience ever.” This is how cellist Matthew Barley and Between the Notes has been received by staff and school students across the country over the past five years.

On 30 October 2002 Matthew Barley returns to the University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre, this time with the group Between the Notes, for an afternoon workshop and evening concert that promise to be just as lively, as much fun and as interactive as their last performance here, which thrilled young and old alike.    

Between the Notes ensemble


Be prepared, not just to sit and listen but to take part in a vibrant atmosphere of informality and creativity.

Between the Notes is a group of five internationally acclaimed, classically trained musicians who fuse pop, jazz, Indian, African, funk, dance and many other worlds of music with the classics. Matthew Barley explained: “The music we will play is based on new Classical Music. It’s not the stuff that’s really out of tune and alienates an audience, but it’s of more substance and integrity than ‘crossover’ music.”

Instruments include cello, marimba, soprano sax, guitar and piano and their repertoire incorporates contemporary classics, innovative commissions, works by the group, arrangements of pop songs and improvisations.

Matthew Barley and Between the Notes appear at the Richard Attenborough Centre, University of Leicester on Wednesday 30 October. They will run an interactive workshop between 3.00-5.00 pm where participants can take part in warm-ups, rehearsals and learn some of the Between the Notes music. The evening concert will be at 7.30 pm. Tickets will be £10 (£9 retired, £7.50 concessions).

More details are available from the Richard Attenborough Centre, telephone 0116 252 2455, facsimile 0116 252 5165, email

NOTES TO EDITORS: Further information is available from Philip Herbert, Music Tutor, University of Leicester Richard Attenborough Centre, telephone 0116 223 1526, email, or from the Between the Notes website:

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