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Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week – 1 January

Here’s your weekly dose of cello news.

Happy New Year!

Cello News

Cellist Natalie Clein Made OBE for Services to Music

Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 1 January

In this year’s New Year’s Honours 2021, the cellist Natalie Clein has been made OBE.

Read more here and here.


Are Cellists Essential Workers? Absolutely.

This year cellists around the world have made a difference in people’s lives through online performances and outdoor concerts. Spearheaded by Yo-Yo Ma’s #SongsofComfort, cellists have made a difference during the trials of 2020.

WCBS 880, New York, listed musicians as number one on their list of 15 “difference makers” in 2020, specifically citing cellist Andrew Janss and his colleagues doing one-on-one FaceTime concerts for Covid patients as part of Project: Music Helps Us Heal.

Read more here and here.


A Prakticello Sighted in Norfolk, VA

Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 1 January

Rebecca Gilmore plays a cello out of the back of a Honda Odyssey outside a house as a part of a spontaneous porch music festival dubbed Porchella in the Ghent neighborhood of Norfolk on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020.

Rebecca Gilmore participated in “Porchella” in Norfolk on 26 December, playing her Prakticello.

Read more in the full article by Alissa Skelton here.


Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason Makes List of 60 Official Chart Facts of 2020

Third on the list of 60 Official Chart Facts of 2020 is Sheku Kanneh-Mason. He became the highest-charting cellist in history, and the first to make it to the top 10 with his Elgar album. Congratulations!

Read the full article by Jack White.



Albums

Ferenc Farkas: Chamber Music, Vol. 4 – Complete Works with Cello II

Cellist Miklós Perényi

This album is due to be released soon. You can pre-order now. (affiliate link)


Brother/Sister Duo Twenty Fingers Release New Album: Performa

Cellos in the News: Top Stories of the Week - 1 January

Twenty Fingers Duo (L. Narkevičiūtės nuotr.)

Cellist and violinist siblings, Arnas Kmieliauskas and Lora Kmieliauskaitė, aka Twenty Fingers Duo, have released their debut album, Performa, in cooperation with Music Information Centre Lithuania.

Read an interview with Twenty Fingers Duo here.

Purchase their CD here.



Video

Cello Orchestra Performs Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 of Gustav Mahler

Commissioned by the Belgium Cello Society to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the United Nations and the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Pau Casals Orchestra, this arrangement of the Adagietto from Symphony No. 5 of Gustav Mahler was premiered at the closing concert of the 2020 Brussels Cello Festival. (This video was posted on Christmas Day.) This was a collaboration of the 2020 Brussels Cello Festival, the United Nations, and the Pau Casals Foundation.



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