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Curator’s Corner: November 2022

November at the Cello Museum

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November 2022 Curator's Corner

Thank you for joining us at the Cello Museum. It’s November, and we are very busy working on our new Cello Guild site. We also look forward to putting together our Carol of the Bells around the World video (submissions are due by 15 November). We’re starting to prepare for our biggest holiday of the year, International Cello Day, next month. How are you going to celebrate?

Carol of the Bells Around the World Cello Project

Carol of the Bells Around the World Cello Project Bells Cello and Flag PDF

We invite cellists of all levels to join us in playing the Carol of the Bells to show your commitment to peace and your support for Ukraine. To quote the University of Oxford, we at the Cello Museum

“are appalled by Russia’s action and in awe of the bravery shown by Ukrainians as well as the bravery of those Russians who have denounced their government’s aggression.”

Ukrainian cellist Vlad Primakov has arranged Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych’s 1914 piece, “Carol of the Bells,” based on the Ukrainian folk chant “Shchedryk” for three and six cellos. There is also an unaccompanied version available.

Registration is open until 15 November. Sign up here.

Thank you, Founders!

Online Guild Classes on laptop

Thank you, Founders! Thanks to you, the wonderful Cello Museum assistant we were able to hire, James, has been working incredibly hard behind the scenes. We are almost ready to launch the new Cello Guild site. We will be sending you details about the Founders Cello over the next two months. We are incredibly grateful for your generosity and are thrilled to have James on our team. We will celebrate our Founders Day on 27 December.

New York Women Composers Spotlight: Elizabeth R. Austin

Elizabeth R. Austin

Every month, we showcase women composers through our collaboration with the New York Women Composers (NYWC). In the second week of November 2022, we feature composer Elizabeth R. Austin and her work for cello octet, Water Music I (Beside still waters…).

Don’t miss the other articles in the series.

Holiday Gift-Giving Guide

Holiday Gift Guide 2022

As cellists around the world prepare to share our one mutual holiday International Cello Day and many other holidays this season, we look forward to sharing our 2022 Holiday Gift Guide to help you shop for everyone in your life who loves the cello.

Have favorite items you’ve given or received in the past? Or maybe you want us to include your recording, book, or accessory on our list? Please send us a message or let us know in the comments below. We might have your favorite, too!

Bellis on Bows – Part 5 1/2

Andrew Bellis standing in a doorway holding a bow

After sending his thoughts on how climate change has affected bows last month, bow-making, and string instruments in general during his career, our bow specialist Andrew Bellis is back with the next installment in his regular series on bow history. This month, he has Part 5 1/2 for us about bow makers Percy Bryant and Lawrence Cocker, two makers he believes deserve more recognition worldwide.

While you wait for this next installment in the Bellis on Bows series, you can catch up here on his previous articles.

Postcards from Erica – Unaccompanied Cello Works by Black Composers Series

Postcards from Erica November 2022

For November, Erica Lessie will send us another set in her series of postcards featuring unaccompanied cello works by Black composers. Check out her previous postcards here.

Are you interested in having your piece featured in this or a future series? Please get in touch with us we’d be happy to hear from you.

Announcing the Winner of our Black History Month (UK) Giveaway!

Black History Month Giveaway

Congratulations to Teri McClain, of Seattle, WA, USA, the winner of our Black History Month (UK) Giveaway! Thanks to everyone who entered.

Watch for more giveaways coming soon.

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