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Curator’s Corner: December 2020

December at The Cello Museum

What’s happening this month at The Cello Museum? Find out here.

December at The Cello Museum

Thank you for joining us at The Cello Museum. Here are the highlights of what’s happening in December.

Happy Birthday, Pau Casals!

Pau (Pablo) Casals

Pau Casals

During his birthday month, we remember the legendary Pau Casals* (29 December 1876 – 22 October 1973), cellist, composer, and conductor.

He used his standing as a musician to fight against fascism and to promote world peace. Casals said:

“I am a very simple man. I am a man first, an artist second. My first obligation is to the welfare of my fellow man. I will endeavour to meet this obligation through music, since it transcends language, politics and national boundaries.”

Museum Dedication and Celebration of Jeremy Montagu

Jeremy Montagu

Jeremy Montagu 29 October 2019

Jeremy Montagu (1927-2020) was a great mentor and was the first advisor to The Cello Museum. We feel both his positive influence – and his loss – as we continue to work on the online museum. Later this month we will celebrate Jeremy’s birthday – and the dedication of The Cello Museum.

Current Exhibition Includes a Prize-Winning Luthier’s Work

Tim Duerinck is the Winner of a Henry van de Velde Award for His Flax Fiber Instruments

Tim Duerinck is the Winner of a Henry van de Velde Award for His Flax Fiber Instruments

We congratulate Dr. Tim Duerinck on being the winner of a Henry van de Velde Award. Please consider voting for his instruments in the people’s award category.

Be sure to visit our online cello exhibition if you haven’t already done so, to learn more about Dr. Duerinck’s instruments and many others as well.

Innovations in Cello-Making Materials explores the creative and technical experimentation of artists, luthiers, and engineers with materials beyond the standard spruce, maple, poplar, and ebony found in most cellos.

If you have or know of any cellos or cello-related materials that you think should be included in this or future exhibitions, please contact us. We plan to create new exhibitions roughly every six months.

Postcards from Erica

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Every month cellist and women’s music specialist Erica Lessie features three pieces in the form of short, digital postcards. These postcards are for cellists in search of new repertoire and for listeners eager to discover new pieces.

Later this month we will get the next postcards from Erica.

If you haven’t seen them yet, be sure to check out the previous installments of “That’s What She Said.” Interested in having your piece featured? Please contact us.

Mellow Cello – A Collection of Short Stories for Cellists by Gill Tennant

We’re always looking for books about and/or written by cellists. Erica will tell us about Gill Tennant’s book later this month.

Know of a book we should review? Please contact us. Review copies gratefully accepted.

Museum Shop Open

Cello Museum T-Shirt

Last month we opened our online museum shop. Find gifts for the cello-lovers in your life – or get something for yourself. We’ve got T-shirts, hoodies, mugs, tote bags, necklaces, and even some cello-themed masks.

We can ship to the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, and many other places. Have a question about shipping times to your location for the holidays? Please ask. All purchases help support The Cello Museum.

Learn from the Mr. Miyagi of the Cello

Amit Peled, The Mr. Miyagi of the Cello

Amit Peled, The Mr. Miyagi of the Cello

Professor Peled still has a few places left in his 7-week course starting this Saturday, 5 December. Apply and find out more information here: The First Hour Online Journey. If you missed it, read our article about Professor Peled and his course here.

A Time for Celebration

This month we celebrate both the dedication of the museum (27 December) and International Cello Day (29 December). To mark these occasions, we will have prize drawings. Please watch our social media and/or join our mailing list for the weekly newsletter to find out how to enter and what prizes we are offering.

Thank you for joining us here and on social media. Since our opening, we’ve grown our following on Facebook to just over 13k. We’d absolutely love to reach 15k by our dedication – so please tell your cello-loving friends and family about us.

We look forward to sharing the journey ahead with you as The Cello Museum grows and evolves.


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* Pau Casals is usually known in English by his Spanish name, Pablo.

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