Bristol event: Cellist Bruno Schrecker in conversation with Psychoanalyst Kate Barrows
Venue: Folk House, 40 Park Street, Bristol
Date: Friday 10 October 2014
Bruno Schrecker talks to Kate Barrows about the ways in which music completes the circle of life and is central to our emotional beings, giving access to the deepest levels of feeling. Music can transport us to profound depths of joy and sorrow, whilst other times brightening our lives with humour and mischief. The power of music is different from that of other arts – how is this so? What does it do?
Bruno Schrecker was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1928 and moved to England with his family in 1935. He took up cello playing in his teens and showed a remarkable aptitude. After learning for only one year he was awarded a scholarship at the Royal College of Music. There he studied with Ivor James who encouraged his growing love of chamber music. In 1953 he was given a scholarship by the French Government to study with Pablo Casals in Prades and this inspirational experience had a huge influence on his playing and his teaching from that time onwards. His rich and distinguished musical career included thirty-one years with the Allegri String Quartet, producing many acclaimed recordings. The Allegri worked with Benjamin Britten on recording his first and second string quartets. Bruno Schrecker is renowned as a teacher and still teaches quartets and string players whom he inspires with his deep love of the cello and his philosophy of music and its relationship to life.
Kate Barrows is a Training Psychoanalyst with the Institute of Psychoanalysis and a Child Psychotherapist. In addition to clinical papers and papers on literature and psychoanalysis, she has written about Britten’s opera ‘The Turn of the Screw’. She is also an amateur cellist and studies with Bruno Schrecker.