The Cello Guild Courses
Asynchronous Guild Classes
These courses cover cello positions, and asynchronous classes are available now.
Enter the Nancy Green CD Giveaway
Enter for a chance to win an autographed copy of one of Nancy Green’s CDs. The winner will receive one autographed Nancy Green CD (choose which one you’d like in your entry below) plus a Cello Museum T-shirt. In addition, two runners-up will each get a Cello Museum cello sticker. The random prize drawings will be held on 18 September. Only one entry per person, please. Good luck!
Click here, and you’ll find the entry form at the end of this interview with Nancy Green.
Online Programs and Events
September (Starting a new season – still open for registration)
Celtic Cello Club with Clíodhna Ní Aodáin
Do you love the cello? Do you love Celtic music? Would you like to build a new repertoire of tunes that everyone will love? Would you like to transform your approach to playing the cello and find ease in your playing? The Celtic Cello Club is for you!
Each month you will get access to videos, mp3 recordings and sheet music for three new Celtic Cello tunes.
From September through June there is a 90min Coaching call on the 2nd Saturday of every month. 7PM (Bern), 1PM (New York).
Join a community of supportive cellists from around the world for a unique learning experience with award-winning Celtic cellist Clíodhna Ní Aodáin.
Grow your repertoire and confidence while making new cellist friends all over the world!
Cellists of all levels welcome!Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of The Celtic Cello Club, a welcoming community commited to transformation and great tunes!
Read our interview with Clíodhna Ní Aodáin here.
17 September, 10 December
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
In this workshop you will:
Become a deeper, wiser, more well-rounded cellist
Become a better musician
Finally, understand Beethoven like you never did before
Visit thecelloguru.com/theory-workshop and reserve your seat today!
September 26th-28th, 11 am PDT
See you there, cellist!
26 September – 2 October
Benedetti Foundation Baroque Virtual Sessions
The Benedetti Foundation has announced its latest project, ‘Baroque Virtual Sessions’ taking place from 26 September to 2 October.
The sessions will be led by a team of international Baroque specialists including Rachel Podger (violin), Clifton Harrison (viola), David Watkin (cello), and Carina Cosgrave (double bass).
The Baroque sessions will be split into three events, including live online sessions on 1 and 2 October. From Monday 26 to Friday 30, the Benedetti Foundation’s website and social media platforms will becoming filled with short participation and information videos from the experts, with cellist David Watkins hosting part 2 of the Discovering Baroque series on the foundation’s YouTube channel.
The live online sessions over Zoom will be a chance for participants to meet the experts in a series of hour-long sessions exploring the energetic and revolutionary world of baroque music through the experts’ own instruments. Participants have the option to join the Zoom sessions live or watch later as sessions will be recorded and available to watch for three months.
The Benedetti Foundation prides itself on being accessible to all with many of the events free for all participants. The live online sessions cost £15 but there is the opportunity to apply for a bursary to cover the cost for those most in need. Registration is open until Friday 30 September via the link.
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
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.
Previous Events Still Available
Recording Available Through 29 October
Miklós Perényi & Dénes Várjon: Beethoven’s Cello Sonatas
This event was streamed live from Wigmore Hall on Thursday 17 October 2019
Available to watch until 29 October 2022
Recording Available Through 29 October
Steven Isserlis cello; Mishka Rushdie Momen piano
This event was streamed live from Wigmore Hall in June 2020
Available to watch until 29 October
Recording Available Following 14 July
WRTI Presents ASTRAL: Cellist Thomas Mesa
Growing up in Miami, Florida, Thomas Mesa dreamed of playing the drums, then unexpectedly fell in love with the (nearly human) sound of the cello. As part of our video series, WRTI Presents Astral, this Cuban-American Astral artist recently visited the WRTI Performance Studio and played three works that use the cello’s unique voice to respond to the pandemic and social turmoil.
You can hear in the music the range of emotions arising from the isolation of the lockdown: the frustration, loneliness, and yet, a sense of hope. “I wanted to have composers have an outlet to express what they were going through,” says Thomas, who commissioned each of these works during the first months of the pandemic.
Watch the event here.
In the comments below, let us know about your favorite online events and concerts. Have an event or concert you’d like listed? Please get in touch.