About The London Cello Society

The London Cello Society promotes the art of cello playing, preserving its great traditions while encouraging its continuing development. The Society exists for the benefit of young students, professional players and teachers, for amateur players and lovers of the cello and its repertoire.

As the ‘home’ for cellists in the United Kingdom, the Society has presented some of the most exciting cello events of the concert season. From film tributes to Pierre Fournier and Bernard Greenhouse to a celebration of the French Cello School, a Russian Spectacular, a memorial tribute to Mstislav Rostropovich, Cello Olympics and our recent Simply Strad, Beyond Cello and Two Cellos events, the Society welcomes artists, teachers and specialists who offer the very best in cello playing and teaching.

Our annual season also features educational events at major venues and cellist-composer celebrations, as well as a CelloDay for young students and a special events for adult learners. The Society’s bi-annual newsletter provides a means of staying in touch with cellists and cello events around Great Britain.

Anner Bylsma (1934-2019) Honorary Patron
Keith Harvey (1938-2017) Co-founder & Chair Emeritus
Ralph Kirshbaum Honorary President 
Steven Isserlis Artistic Adviser

Executive Council

Chair
Selma Gokcen

Treasurer
Robert Baldock

Membership Secretary
Ines Day

David Bahanovich
Martin Bloomfield
Michael Jameson
Justin Pearson

Director Cello Club
Angela East

Director Amateurs & Adult Learners Division
Kim Mackrell

Beyond Cello Division
Shirley Smart

Events Coordinator
Orsi Torjak
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Newsletter Editors
Josh Salter and Kathy Weston
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Webmaster
James Isles
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Advisory Council

Nathaniel Boyd
William Bruce
Pavlos Carvalho
Jo Cole
Sebastian Comberti
Penny Driver
Rebecca Gilliver
Leonid Gorokhov
Lionel Handy
Andrea Hess
Ben Hughes
Ashok Klouda
Robert Max
Helen Neilson
Gemma Rosefield
Julia Astrid Wagner