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Curator’s Corner: September 2021

September at The Cello Museum

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Cello September

Thank you for joining us at The Cello Museum! It’s September, and this month we are celebrating the first anniversary of our opening.

Happy Birthday, Cello Museum!

A young woman and man taking a selfie wearing the limited edition 1st anniversary Cello Museum shirts

Last month we launched our new series celebrating Cello Birthdays, and this month we are having our own “birthday” – the first anniversary of our opening on 18 September 2020.

We are celebrating with prize giveaways and the launch of our new limited-edition birthday products. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and/or follow us on social media to find out how to enter for a chance to win a prize.

Our limited-edition birthday products will be available from 18 September through 31 October.

Contest Prize Winners – The Cellist’s Notebook by Kittie Lambton

The Cellist's Notebook by Kittie Lambton Composition Contest Winners

We have chosen the contest winners of our first-ever composition contest in collaboration with award-winning author Kittie Lambton. We are in the process of contacting the winners now and will announce them next week.

The contest was to compose the most engaging and appropriate musical fragment portrayed in her book, The Cellist’s Notebook.

Meet Author Gill Tennant to Discuss Her Short Stories for Cellists

This month we are thrilled to have cellist and author Gill Tennant join us all the way from Orkney for our Cello Book Club meeting on 26 September 2021 at 7 PM London / 2 PM New York / 11 AM Los Angeles time.

We’re really looking forward to this meeting and hope you can join us.

Mellow Cello is a fascinating collection of 17 short stories about the cello and its predecessors, incorporating an impressive amount of historically accurate information while still entertaining the reader.

Read our review here.

Want to start discussing the book before the meeting? We’ve set up a discussion page here.

Celebrating One of the World’s Most Musical Families

With the US release of the paperback version of Dr. Kadiatu Kanneh-Mason’s House of Music: Raising the Kanneh-Masons, this month, we will take a closer look at this inspirational memoir.

Dr. Kanneh-Mason shares the stories of her remarkable family’s hard work, sacrifices, struggles, and triumphs in this memorable, heartfelt book.

Earlier this year, our Cello Book Club had a wonderful online meeting with Dr. Kanneh-Mason.

“That’s All, Hoax!”

Gaspar Cassadó

Gaspar Cassadó. Photo: Aldercraft – inherited personally from the Hans Adler Music Collection. Previously published, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Inspired by some of the works of one of this month’s birthday cellist-composers, Gaspar Cassadó (30 September 1897 – 24 December 1966), Dr. Yuriy Leonovich looks at several musicals hoaxes.

What do you think of these cello pieces, such as Cassadó’s “Frescobaldi” Toccata? Are these the Piltdown Men of the cello world? Dr. Leonovich will set the record straight.

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

World Trade Center Twin Towers Memorial Lights in NY Skyline

Photo by Jesse Mills on Unsplash

Marking its 20th anniversary, this month cellist and women’s music specialist Erica Lessie continues her series with a look at three pieces related to 9-11.

Each month she 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 additions to their playlists.

Erica’s August postcards featured works by Erica Lessie, Gwyneth Walker, and Jane Stanley.

If you haven’t seen them yet, be sure to check out previous installments of “That’s What She Said.” Interested in having your piece featured? Contact us, and we’ll be happy to work with you.

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