Amateur & Adult Learner Division

A Welcome Message from Kim Mackrell, our new Director

Kim Mackrell

Kim Mackrell

I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to coordinate this division, and to help build a bustling community of like-minded cello enthusiasts. Whether you are a late starter, or an advanced gigger, or a ‘gave up at 15 because it wasn’t cool and now regret it’, there will be something for everyone.

Spring 2018 will see the launch of the division with a welcome day, where I can meet as many of you as possible, exchange ideas, play lots of great cello arrangements, and most importantly have a hearty lunch. The date and venue will be confirmed soon.

Over the last ten years I have worked a lot with amateur musicians and have discovered an enthusiasm in them that has spurred me on to do more. The definition of amateur holds true: ‘a lover of’. I have not met one player who feels ambivalent about their desire to play and learn. I have loved seeing challenges tackled with courage, the incredible support amongst the groups for each other, the joy found through making music together, and lasting friendships that grow.

Events will be a playing-fest of cello ensembles, with the focus on cobbling the pieces together as well as possible in the time available, with a view to performing them to a sympathetic audience of friends and family at the end of the day. If no friends and family can make it we will drag someone off the street and play to our audience of one. Parts will always be allocated to suit the level of player, and there will be challenges for all, (from stratospheric parts for the advanced to keeping-going for the beginners), and solutions to those challenges, including the very important art of ‘faking it’.

In between fun playing events I look forward to taking advantage of the wealth of musicians, luthiers, historians around to include talks, demonstrations, masterclasses in the yearly schedule. And for the brave amongst you maybe a solo performance opportunity…

I look forward to meeting all of you in 2018.