Help Us Celebrate – Enter for a Chance to Win a Prize
Please help us celebrate by entering for a chance to win a prize from our limited-edition product line. Every Sunday for four weeks, we have prize drawings (25 September, 2 October, and 9 October, 16 October). This weekend is the final prize drawing in this celebration – and your last chance to get our 2nd-anniversary products from our shop.
Here are the prizes:
- 25 September: a cello sticker – Winner: Lilith Bone, Norwich, UK
- 2 October: a notebook – Winner: Guus, The Netherlands
- 9 October: a T-shirt – Waltham Forest Cello Fest, London, UK
- 16 October: a tote bag
Entry form at the end of this celebratory article.
Celebrate Black History Month in the UK
While we’ve been celebrating unaccompanied music by Black composers since February (Black History Month in the USA), we are excited to celebrate Black History Month in the UK with a special giveaway. Wherever you are in the world, please help us celebrate by entering our Black History Month Giveaway for a chance to win a Cello Museum T-shirt and a copy of Sheku Kanneh-Mason’s Song CD.
Click here and scroll down to enter for a chance to win. Good luck!
Cello Quartet “Bravo Cello” with Tango Dancers 7:30 PM MDT
Bravo Cello presents an eclectic mix of music, plus some added spice! This Fall concert includes an Irish/Scottish set specifically arranged for the cello quartet, the popular Bohemian Rhapsody, and a Latin/Tango set with nationally acclaimed dancers Nick Jones and Fiona Foster.
23 October 3 PM EDT
Cellist Steven Isserlis and Pianist Connie Shih
Hahn: Variations Chantantes sur un air ancien
Fauré: Cello Sonata No. 2, Op. 117
Adès: Lieux Retrouvés
Schumann: Adagio and Allegro Op. 70
Brahms: Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99
Online Programs and Events
15 October 4 PM EDT
Join us on October 15th at 4pm on our transmission of the annual cello masterclass with world renowned cellist Wendy Warner.
“A recipient of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, Warner teaches at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University in Georgia where she holds the Leah D. Hamer Distinguished Faculty Chair. She plays a 1772 Joseph Gagliano cello.”
Visit the Samuel Vargas Foundation Facebook page to view the live stream.
Global Cello Project
Cellists of all abilities from any country in the world are invited to participate in future video projects. The next recording will be Danse Macabre by Saint-Saëns. Cellists interested in participating can find out more here. The Global Cello Project welcomes donations, 100% of which will sponsor cellists who would not otherwise be able to take part in the recording projects.
Click here for more information and to sign up for the next project. N.B. The deadline is fast approaching! (Please see the countdown timer on the site, as there is no deadline given. As this is being published, there are just over two days left.)
22 October, 3 December 2022 | 6:00 PM–8:15 PM GMT
All About My Bow – Cellist Catherine Black
Our bow is our voice. We want it to breathe, speak, dance, sing and emote. This is an infinite subject but we do need to start somewhere! I feel we learn best with clear explanation, demonstration, focus and experimentation.
We will explore in varied ways, how our bow use can become increasingly natural to us – to become truly, an extension of your arm and hand. In going slowly and in detail, you will more truly find your own voice and feel able to express yourself more fully and authentically as a cellist & musician.
This series will build your understanding in stages. Some classes may be repeated too.
The instrument we play is large and physical and we need to know how to use energy well and understand movement because sound follows the movement.
I will send you materials for the class ahead of the day and then afterwards I will send documents that help you consolidate and develop our work. The groups will be small enough that we will be able to work individually too to check things are understood.
Venue: Zoom (waiting room opens at 5.45 PM for tuning)
Fee: £30 per class
25 October 2 PM EDT
Audition Workshop Series: Cello
The audition process is a strenuous and integral part of musicianship and success in the arts sector. This workshop series consists of 16 unique workshops tailored for different instruments. Led by seasoned NYO Canada faculty and adjudicators, programming will be customized based on the needs and temperament of the instrument, repertoire and participants. Specific attention will be given to the NYO Canada 2023 audition excerpts.
Workshops will begin on October 25th, 2022 through to December 2022, to ensure that musicians willing to audition for the 2023 NYO Program and other external programs absorb the knowledge and skills to apply in their practice immediately.
The purpose of these workshops is to support musicians looking to participate in music competitions, enrol in post-secondary music programs, earn a spot in the NYO Canada Orchestra or at other music programs even to win a spot in pre-professional & professional orchestras!
*Cet atelier sera offert en anglais avec sous-titres en français*
Register to participate in this free event here.
Online Timeline Series – Cellist Catherine Black
We all want to be as rounded a musician as possible and that’s a pretty big ask. We all have our preferences, and the groups & orchestras we play in, take us down certain paths which enrich and educate us, but sometimes we find a hole in our knowledge!
The Online Time Line Series has really found a place in your lives. Join us to learn more about a remarkable piece of music, its composer, an era, its style that may otherwise have passed you by. Musical architecture, polyphony, phrasing, the place of music in society are all a part of this quest for a better understanding and roundedness.
We will play, discuss & explore from your – the player’s point of view – a particular piece of music from the wide library of Unsung Heroes Cello Ensemble scores. These now range from Josquin and John Taverner (1490–1545), through to Tchaikovsky & Elgar and far into the twentieth century.
Though there are some restrictions online, we can all play using the mute button, though not as a group. This is an exciting opportunity for players to have the chance to play as many parts as they wish as we play together.
You may want to bring a notebook too and I do send out further notes to help you continue the development after the class. I see this as a massive opportunity for us to do detailed work that really moves you on, because we have these apparent restrictions.
Just a thought: you may think a particular composer, (say Josquin for instance) isn’t for you. Don’t rule things out too easily as all these people, whose music I want to share with you, have so much light to shine for us. As cellists, there is so much music we miss because we have so much already written for us. This is an opportunity that I personally have loved developing.
Your score is sent to you on booking your place and there are 15 places per class so we keep the lesson small, detailed and personal.
Do look at all the parts if you can, so you get under the skin of the music.
Fee: £25 per class
1 January 2023 (Deadline)
Gustav Mahler Prize 2023 – Cello Competition (Online)
The Gustav Mahler Institute Prague, in cooperation with the Gustav Mahler Philharmonic Jihlava, invite cellists of all nationalities up to the age of 30 to compete for the Gustav Mahler Award 2023. The competition will take place online via YouTube recordings. Many prizes have been prepared for a total of EUR 10,000. Each competitor will receive an expert jury evaluation. Please read the rules of the competition on our website. It’s easy.
The Cello Guild Courses
Asynchronous Guild Classes
These courses cover cello positions, and asynchronous classes are available now.
Trad Cello – Tunes and Techniques with Natalie Haas
Let Natalie Haas teach you some tricks of the trade as well as some great melodies!
Natalie is one of the most sought after cellists playing traditional music today. She and Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured as a duo for twenty years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound.
In this series she will teach some bowing techniques when accompanying melody players before moving on to chords and arranging, finishing with some melodies that sit well on the cello.
Although this series is aimed at the cellist, many of the skills and techniques will sit as comfortably on any string instrument.
Click here to learn about membership options.
Win a Year of Free Lessons!
Enter a drawing for a year of free lessons via video exchange with cellist Mike Block. Click here to enter.
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