Alan Barr

Cello

Alan fell in love with, and began playing, the cello aged 7 after hearing a performance of ‘The Swan’ played by the late Paul Tortellier.  Initially taught by Tim Sharpe, Alan showed considerable promise and rose steadily through the ranks of the Lanarkshire Orchestral Society with whom he later performed numerous concertos as a guest soloist.

He then continued his studies under Pat Hair at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, where he was principal cello in the academy’s chamber orchestra and flagship string quartet, until he graduated in 1996.

Alan is an accomplished session cellist and keyboard player and over the years has toured the world playing with bands including one of the most influential figures in Glasgow’s independent music, The Delgados and the late, great Arab Strap.

He has performed at most British and European festivals, as well as many high profile concert venues including The Royal Albert Hall, Brixton Academy, and Barbican Theatre in London, The Bowery Ballroom in New York City, and Quattro in Tokyo.  He has also played on no less than 50 studio albums, one of which, ‘The Great Eastern’ by the delgados, was nominated for the coveted Mercury Music Prize.

With 20 years professional experience in both performance and teaching, Alan is a well-respected and popular cellist, admired by his peers from all genres of music.

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