Cellos for Trees began when the Cello Museum invited cellist and composer, Clíodhna Ní Aodáin, to collaborate on a Celtic music #cellistsforpeace project. We asked what charity Clíodhna wanted to support, and she quickly answered that her vision was to make a difference in the world by planting trees.
Clíodhna was so incredibly inspired that she immediately wrote an original composition for us to play and is now leading the project. As the Cello Museum is partnering with her, we are counting this as the first in our 2023 series of video projects inviting cellists to come together from around the world and make a difference.
Trees gave us the materials** to create cellos, giving us a voice for our music. Now it’s time to give back and plant trees - from the singing wood of the cello back to the living wood of trees! Planting trees is an amazing way for us to give back, make a difference in the world, come together as a community, and connect with nature.
An Original Composition by Clíodhna Ní Aodáin
Clíodhna's original composition is a multi-track cello piece called “Full Circle – Cellos for Trees."
She has written a part for everyone: Beginner – Intermediate – Advanced - Professional. Each cellist chooses a part to play, then makes a video of themselves playing under their favorite tree. The final video will combine these images to create a virtual forest of cellos and trees.
Our first goal is to generate funds to plant 5000 trees in Ireland and 5000 trees globally as part of key impact reforestation projects.
Every tree has stories to tell - messages from the past. Now it is our turn to create our own legacy, sending love and hope to the future by raising the voices of our cellos to plant trees.
REGISTRATION for Cellos for Trees will open on EARTH DAY, 22 April 2023.
The video will be released on the SUMMER SOLSTICE, 21 June 2023.
*The Cello Museum's original hashtag, #cellistsforpeace, while inclusive in the English language, is considered less inclusive when translated into some languages. To maintain inclusivity, we are now using #cellosforpeace for this project, along with #cellosfortrees and #fullcircle.
** Wood is not the only material used to make cellos. Be sure to check out our Innovations in Cello-Making Materials exhibition.
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