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Spektrix Ref 1: CLB21


17 December | 8:00pm| £22 / £18 

Doors & mulled wine from 7:15pm  | Concert 8:00pm


Jonathan Aasgaard , cello


Johann Sebastian Bach - Suite no 2 in D minor, BWV 1008

Johann Sebastian Bach - Suite no 3 in C major, BWV 1009 

Johann Sebastian Bach - Suite no 5 in C minor, BWV 1011


Norwegian cellist Jonathan Aasgaard is one of Europe’s most versatile cellists - soloist, chamber musician, studio musician, orchestral principal, teacher and explorer of new music. 


He was appointed Principal Cello of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999 and has since performed more than 40 works for cello and orchestra with orchestras in the UK and abroad. He is regularly invited as a guest principal with several leading British and European orchestras and is principal cello of the John Wilson Orchestra. A dedicated teacher, Jonathan is Professor of Cello at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. 


Chamber music performances have taken him around Europe, the Middle East, Japan, South Korea and the USA including a range of leading festivals collaborating with artists such as violinists Nigel Kennedy, Henning Kraggerud and Julian Rachlin, violist Laurence Power, cellists Yo Yo Ma and Giovanni Sollima, pianists Simon Trpceski, Boris Giltberg and Joanna MacGregor, and clarinetist Martin Fröst.


Jonathan’s discography includes several concerto and recital albums on AVIE and chamber music recordings with the Sinfonia of London Chamber Ensemble (Chandos) and Pixels Ensemble (Rubicon). Jonathan plays a cello by Celeste Farotti, made in Milan in 1926.



Bach at Christmas: 16th, 17th & 18th December


Our three candle-lit concerts all feature music by Bach: extracts from the Cantatas, three of his Suites and three Sonatas.  Bach at Christmas instinctively feels like a good fit. It’s easy to become swept up in the spirit of his rich musical invention and the merriment and ‘good company’ of his interlocking lines.


But this hearty, genial ‘essential Bach’ is only one side. ‘His music was a medium of truth, not beauty’ says Richard Taruskin. And the truth he explored could be bitter. Alongside the tenderness, some of the cantatas evoke pain, suffering and darker side of humanity.


Perhaps this is why Bach at Christmas seems right; whether Christmas is a time of joy, difficulty, celebration or reflection, there is something in the ego-less, immutable music of Bach - its capacity for empathy and consolation – which is life affirming.  ‘Bach doesn’t judge, doesn’t moralise’ writes Erica Jeal, ‘he simply sits with us until we have found peace’.



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Covid-19 and concerts

In line with the most up-to-date guidance Public Health for Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, we:

  • clean all surfaces that people touch regularly and keep hand sanitizer around the site
  • ensure air flow remains good around the building (we have a highly efficient air extraction system in the concert hall)  
  • advise all ticket holders to take a lateral flow test before coming to an event at the Granary and insist that staff and visitors who are unwell do not attend the venue

Face coverings are currently not compulsory, but if the guidance changes we will communicate this to ticket holders