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Curator’s Corner: January 2021

January at The Cello Museum

What’s happening this first month of 2021 at The Cello Museum? Find out here.

January with 2 cello scrolls

Happy New Year! Thank you for joining us at The Cello Museum. Here are the highlights of what’s happening in January.

Happy Birthday, Jacqueline du Pré!

Cellist Jacqueline du Pré (1945-1987) with husband, Daniel Barenboim and the Davydov Stradivarius violoncello.

Cellist Jacqueline du Pré (1945-1987) with her husband, Daniel Barenboim, and the Davydov Stradivarius violoncello. Photographer unknown. Photographer unknown – This image has been downloaded from, Fair use, Link

This month, we remember cellist Jacqueline du Pré (26 January 1945 – 19 October 1987). We count her among the greatest cellists of the twentieth century, despite her tragically short life. Her charismatic presence lives on as her recordings continue to inspire us.

Ice Cellos by Tim Linhart

First Ice Music Concert - Tim Linhart. Photo courtesy Tim Linhart

First Ice Music Concert – Tim Linhart. Photo courtesy Tim Linhart

Ice artist and luthier Tim Linhart has been building ice cellos for over 20 years, and in that time has made 26 – and counting. He creates entire ice orchestras and custom-built ice performance spaces.

Traditional cello-making techniques inform his ice instrument construction. This month we are thrilled to feature his beautiful but ephemeral instruments.

In the meantime, learn more about his work here and in our online exhibition, Innovations in Cello-Making Materials.

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 are aiming to open our next exhibition in April 2021.

That’s What She Said . . . Unaccompanied Works for Cello by Women Composers

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.

Last month Erica featured works by Wilma Pistorius, Elena Ruehr, and Sarah Kirkland Snider. Later this month we will get the next installment 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.

Cello Book Club Starts This Month

This month we are starting our Cello Book Club with Life, Death and Cellos and are looking forward to a discussion with cellist author Isabel Rogers.

This is a wonderful, light-hearted romp through the world of an amateur London orchestra, full of laugh-out-loud moments, the best title of any cello fiction we’ve ever encountered, and plenty of cello action.

A Time for Celebration

At the end of December, we celebrated the dedication of the museum to the memory of Jeremy Montagu, a world-authority on musical instruments, and our former senior advisor in organology. Read more about him here.

Celebrating 15000 Likes on Facebook

Celebrating 15,000+ Likes on Facebook!

We begin 2021 year with over 15k “Likes” and “Follows” on Facebook! Thank you!

We made our first Facebook post on New Year’s Day of 2020, and we have enjoyed getting to know an ever-growing online community of people who love the cello. Please keep sharing our museum site and social media links with your cello-loving friends and family.

We look forward to the journey ahead with you as The Cello Museum grows and evolves in this new year.

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