Online Season 2020-2021
Buffing Up Your ‘Cello Practice-An Online Workshop for Young Cellists Gr1-4
with Josh Salter and Thomas Gregory
Sunday 18th October 2020 – 5.00PM – 6.00PM
How do we make practice fun and effective? Join us and learn warm ups to get you playing at your peak, strategies for scale success, technique building games and a brand new piece written for the occasion by Thomas Gregory.
This workshop will include a pre-recorded session, and the opportunity to join together on Zoom at the end of the session, when participants can ask Josh and Thomas any questions on the materials covered. Music for the new piece will be made available for participants to practice before the event.
Thomas Gregory is a versatile and imaginative string teacher with considerable experience teaching at all levels. Himself an accomplished cellist, he has pioneereda modern approach to group teaching, harnessing the natural curiosity of children to motivate and take ownership of their learning. Based in London UK, Thomas is currently Head of String for Haringey Music Service, teaches cello at the Centre for Young Musicians and directs various ensembles of all ages including adults. He studied cello at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the University of Michigan. He performs regularly as soloist and as a member of the Marmara Piano Trio.
Josh Salter hails from Yorkshire, and now resides in North London, pursuing a varied schedule of performing and teaching. Recent concerts include venues in Beijing, Budapest and Basingstoke with orchestras including City of London Sinfonia, Academy of Ancient Music and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He teaches for Camden and Haringey Music Services, North Bridge House Prep School, directs the OAE’s String Club, and has a large studio of private students. He also coaches the cellos of the London Medical Orchestra, and recently performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with them. His own studies took place at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music.
Baroquerie: A Banquet of your Favourites from Bach to Vivaldi
with Angela East of Red Priest
Sunday 23rd May 2021 – 5.00PM
Surprise your examiner with your stylish playing of Baroque repertoire! We will explore a whole range of expressive bowing techniques, ornamentation, dynamics and Baroque features that will help you on your musical journey and provide a valuable palette of colours for your performances. There will be examples from a wide selection of Baroque composers from both the ABRSM and Trinity syllabuses.
Angela East is a founder member of the exciting and innovative ensemble, Red Priest, that has performed worldwide for the last 23 years. This ensemble has provided her with opportunities as a soloist and, with Red Priest Recordings, she has made two solo CDs, one of the Bach Cello Suites and the other, Baroque Cello Illuminations, is a collection of baroque pedagogical works such as those that will be discussed in our workshop.
For years, Angela played as continuo cellist with several of the foremost Baroque orchestras in London, such as the English Baroque Soloists, the Gabrieli Consort and Players and the King’s Consort. She was also the principal cellist in the very first performance on original instruments at Glyndebourne with Sir Simon Rattle.
She has participated in over 200 recordings including those of the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Led Zeppelin and Eminem and has written a book about playing the Baroque cello, called Play Baroque!
And….wait for it…. A special hour with Aaron Minsky, the one and only Von Cello!
Tripping Round the World with 10 International Cello Encores (A Preview of Global CelloDay)*
This event will take place in April 2022
Aaron Minsky will choose four of his International Cello Encores to talk about – how he came to write them and what inspired their varied techniques. Knowing Von Cello, there will be some hot cello playing too!
*Note to Cello Club members: Pending improved circumstances, we hope to re-schedule Global CelloDay on Sunday 18th April 2021.
Past Cello Club Events
A Workshop for Young Cellists
Learn to play your scales with confidence and panache!
Presenters: Thomas Gregory & Josh SalterHow many of us have to learn scales? Well, just about everyone, from beginners to professional cellists! Scales are about learning how to use our cellos. What could make it easier and more fun? Come to Scaling Up and find out! There are mapping notes leading to hidden treasures and intonation success. Discover some funky new backing tracks and toe-tapping rhythms for maximum creativity in practice. We’ll see how quickly scales can become great music with the awesome sound of massed cellos. And we’ll learn some scale-tastic pieces for cello ensemble, including a brand-new piece by Mr Vamoosh himself, Thomas Gregory. For anyone preparing a grade exam, this workshop is for you, and if you are just discovering scales, do come along. Open to Grades 1-4.
Schedule of Events
|10.30 am - 11.15 am||Grades 1 and 2: Smart Fingers (with Josh) Grades 3 and 4: Beats, Bowings and Backing Tracks (with Thomas)|
|11.15 am - 12.00 pm||Grades 1 and 2: Beats, Bowings and Backing Tracks (with Thomas) Grades 3 and 4: Mapping for Hidden Treasure (with Josh)|
|12.00 pm - 12.20 pm||Tea Break|
|12.20 pm - 1.00 pm||Ensembles for all participants|
Cello Club thanks Stringers of London and Thomastik-Infeld Versum, for their generous sponsorship of this event.Our annual CelloDay is coming up, a time when we all gather to make music, to discover new ways of playing and new, exciting repertoire and to enjoy the fun of being together, playing our favourite instrument! Join us at the Royal Academy of Music for a fulfilling day of music. Open to young cellists from the ages 4-18, at grade 1-8+ or equivalent.
Seniors (Grades 5-8+)£44 Non-members of LCS Cello Club £38 LCS Cello Club members (Afternoon refreshments only are included in this price. You may bring a packed lunch or there are a selection of restaurants in the vicinity.)
Juniors (Grades 1-4)£40 Non-members of LCS Cello Club £34 LCS Cello Club Members (Morning refreshments only are included in this price. You may bring a packed lunch or there are a selection of restaurants in the vicinity.)
Observers (All welcome)£10 Non-members of LCS £8 LCS members
Schedule of Events
|10.30am||Morning session I: Building your Technique|
|12.00pm||Morning Session II: The Sky’s the Limit|
|2.00pm||Performance Classes Participants have the opportunity to perform a piece or part thereof in a class for the teacher and to receive helpful feedback.|
|3.00pm||Artiste Masterclass with Matthew Sharp|
|5.00pm||Cello Ensemble with Oliver Mansfield|
Teaching FacultyDan James Alice Jones Ben Rogerson Helen Neilson Josh Salter Anita Strevens
|10.45am||Morning session I: My Cello and Me|
|12.05pm||Morning Session II: Making Music Participants are invited to bring a short prepared solo piece (max. 3 minutes) with piano accompaniment to perform to the teacher and other students in your group. The teacher will give you some feedback--tips and ideas-- to think about for your cello playing. Please bring a piece which you already know well and can enjoy playing in front of your new cello friends! Please remember to bring your piano accompaniment part along too.|
|2.00pm||Sailing Together - Cello Ensemble|
Dances With Cellos
A journey around the world through rhythm and cello
In collaboration with
WithPavlos Carvalho, cello & bouzouki Alice Jones & Sheida Davis, cellos Kostas Kopanaris, percussion Anna Cooper, accordion/piano Join us in a celebration of dances around the world through time, rhythm and the cello. Open to Grade 1-5 levels. We will have fun exploring rhythms from classical music and relating them to different dances around the world, for example the Argentinian tango, Cuban bolero, American blues, Greek and Balkan rhythms. We will also get the opportunity to learn more challenging rhythms and even try dancing some of them! The day will end with a short informal concert. The London Cello Society thanks Rebetiko Carnival for their generous support of this event.
Schedule of Events
|10.00am||Group Play and Rhythmic Warm-ups|
|11.30am||Tea break (refreshments provided)|
|12.00pm||Introduction to Rhythms of the World|
|1.00pm||Lunch (not supplied)|
|2.00 - 3.00pm||Rehearsal for performance; Dance steps|
|3.00 - 3.30pm||Informal Performance|
A Musical Journey Around the British IslesTutors:
- Deborah Chalmers, Folk Workshop Leader
- Oliver Mansfield, Cello
- Helen Neilson, Cello
- Hannah Thomas, Cello
Schedule for the Day
|4.00pm - 5.00pm||EFDSS Family Barn Dance (please book directly with EFDSS)|
Tickets£36.00 Participant (non-member) £29.00 Cello Club Members £10.00 Observers £8.00 LCS Observers Booking opens on 1st September 2017. @CelloClubUK #CelloFolk
Senior Section: Grades 6-8+ (including our loyal Amateur Division)Led by star cellist and former member of Cellissimo, Wolfgang Lehner, whose arrangements have been performed all over the world. He will bring some of those original hits to share with us.
Junior Section: Grades 1-5Led by our new Cello Club Director Oliver Mansfield and experienced tutor Helen Neilson. The day will explore musical gems for young talented cellists, whilst helping you with those technical and musical challenges. Cello Mad will be one to remember!
Schedule for the day
|9.45am-12.45pm||Warm-ups and Ensemble rehearsals|
|11.00-11.30am||Junior Tea Break*|
|11.30am-12.00pm||Senior Tea Break*|
|12.45- 1.30pm||Lunch Break**|
|2.00-3.45pm||Dress Rehearsals & Concerts|
Tickets£36.00 Participant (non-member) £29.00 Cello Club & LCS Amateur members £10.00 Observers £8.00 LCS Observers @CelloClubUK Buy Your Tickets Now >>
Around the World with Music
With Pavlos Carvalho, cello and bouzouki. Assisted by Helen Neilson and Sarah Carvalho-Dubost, cellosAround the World with Music is a celebration of folk music from different cultures-- English, Hungarian, Greek, Argentinian and Brazilian with a bit of American blues and country thrown into the mix! Improvisation is an important part of folk music, as is rhythm, which forms the basis of the song and the dance. Join us for some fun and high energy as we learn notated tunes from different parts of the world to play in groups. We might even venture out of our chairs into some simple dance steps! The day will end with a short informal performance. Open to Grades 1-5.
Schedule of Events9.30 am - Registration 10.00 am - Group Play and Rhythmic Warm-ups 11.30 am - Tea break 12.00 pm - Introduction to Improvisation 1.00 pm - Lunch (Not supplied*) 2.00- 3.00 pm - Rehearsal for performance; Dance steps 3.00 - 3.30 pm - Informal Performance The London Cello Society thanks the Rebetiko Carnival for their generous support of this event. Buy Tickets Now
CelloDay 2016 – Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Greenwich
Vamoosh… A Cello Adventure
“My pupils smile the minute the CD starts. Vamoosh! is a year’s worth of happy lessons in a book.” -- Shuna Dickens, Kent
“Vamoosh! is a wonderful and enchanting way to take your first steps to playing a string instrument!” -- Lucy Crookes, professor of leader ship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama