Christopher Suckling Speaks

23

March
2011

Christopher Suckling (photo: courtesy of the artist)

Christopher Suckling, principal cellist of the Gabrieli Consort & Players, explains how he became interested in playing early music.

Some years ago, answering a portentous knocking at the door with the clock long past some ungodly hour, I was faced by a bearded apparition which proceeded to ask me to play a Bach cantata in about eight hours time. Too tired to do anything but agree, I stumbled into St. Catharine’s Chapel, Cambridge and upon Cantata 202 with its infamous continuo aria “Phöbus eilt”. Seventeen years later and an abrupt career change from scientist to musician, this awkward collection of semiquavers still induces the odd bit of panic practice.

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