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

Buffing Up your Cello Practice – Skills for Young Cellists with Josh Salter and Thomas Gregory Sunday 18th October 2020 - 5.00PM

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.

Buffing Up your Cello Practice – Skills for Young Cellists with Josh Salter and Thomas Gregory Sunday 18th October 2020 - 5.00PM

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.

Buffing Up your Cello Practice – Skills for Young Cellists with Josh Salter and Thomas Gregory Sunday 18th October 2020 - 5.00PM

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

Baroquerie: A Banquet of your Favourites from Bach to Vivaldi with Angela East of Red Priest Sunday 24th January 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

A special hour with Aaron Minsky,

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

Cello Club
17/11/201910:00 AM / 1:00 PM

Scaling UP

Royal Academy of Music
Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5HT

A Workshop for Young Cellists

Learn to play your scales with confidence and panache!

Presenters: Thomas Gregory & Josh Salter

How 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

10.15 amRegistration
10.30 am  - 11.15 amGrades 1 and 2: Smart Fingers (with Josh) Grades 3 and 4: Beats, Bowings and Backing Tracks (with Thomas)
11.15 am  - 12.00 pmGrades 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 pmTea Break
12.20 pm - 1.00 pmEnsembles for all participants
Thomas GregoryThomas Gregory is a versatile and imaginative string teacher with considerable experience teaching at all levels. Himself an accomplished cellist, he has pioneered a 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 SalterJosh 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.
Participants: Members £30 / Non-members £35 Observers: Members £8 / Non-members £10
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Cello Club
28/04/201910:15 AM / 5:45 PM

CelloDay

Royal Academy of Music
Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5HT
Stringers of Edinburgh
Thomastik Infeld Handmade Strings

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.

Enrolment Fees

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
Finance should not be an obstacle to attendance, so please contact us at [email protected] if you require financial assistance. We provide bursaries to children of families in need of financial assistance. Please let us know the name of your cello teacher so we can ask them for a brief recommendation.

Schedule of Events

Senior DivisionJunior Division

Senior Division

Teaching Faculty

William Bruce Penny Driver Selma Gokcen Thomas Gregory David Kenedy Joely Koos
Oliver Mansfield Robert Max Matthew Sharp Susan Sheppard Anita Strevens Daisy Vatalaro
10.15amRegistration
10.30amMorning session I: Building your Technique
12.00pmMorning Session II: The Sky’s the Limit
1.00pmLunch
2.00pmPerformance Classes Participants have the opportunity to perform a piece or part thereof in a class for the teacher and to receive helpful feedback.
3.00pmArtiste Masterclass with Matthew Sharp
4.30pmTea Break
5.00pmCello Ensemble with Oliver Mansfield
5.45pmEvent Ends

Junior Division

Teaching Faculty

Dan James Alice Jones Ben Rogerson Helen Neilson Josh Salter Anita Strevens
10.15amRegistration
10.45amMorning session I: My Cello and Me
11.45pmTea Break
12.05pmMorning 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.
1.00pmLunch
2.00pmSailing Together - Cello Ensemble  
Juniors are welcome to attend the senior events from 3.00pm onwards as observers.
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Cello Club / LCS Main Series
07/10/20189:30 AM / 3:30 PM

Dances With Cellos

Hampstead Town Hall
Hampstead Town Hall, 213 Haverstock Hill, London, NW3 4QP
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A journey around the world through rhythm and cello

In collaboration with

Rebetiko Carnival

With

Pavlos 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

9.30amRegistration
10.00amGroup Play and Rhythmic Warm-ups
11.30amTea break (refreshments provided)
12.00pmIntroduction to Rhythms of the World
1.00pmLunch (not supplied)
2.00 - 3.00pmRehearsal for performance; Dance steps
3.00 - 3.30pmInformal Performance
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Cello Club
08/10/201710:00 AM / 4:00 PM

Cello Folk!

Cecil Sharp House
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, NW1 7AY

A Musical Journey Around the British Isles

Tutors:
  • Deborah Chalmers, Folk Workshop Leader
  • Oliver Mansfield, Cello
  • Helen Neilson, Cello
  • Hannah Thomas, Cello
In Collaboration with the English Folk Dance and Song Society For Grades 1-5 Cellists
…inspiring and informative… the London Cello Society provides valuable opportunities for young cellists…Sheku Kanneh-Mason, BBC Young Musician of the Year 2016 Winner
Cello Folk! is a day of playful and creative exploration of folk music from the British Isles. Highly experienced folk musician Deborah Chalmers will lead our young cellists in learning traditional folk songs, tunes and the creative building blocks such as drones, riffs, chord sequences and much more to arrange their own folk composition. Dance is another feature of the folk tradition that we will also be enjoying during the day. Cello Folk! has something for everyone, so we welcome friends and family along with keen young cellists. The London Cello Society thanks the English Folk Dance and Song Society for their generous support of this event.

Schedule for the Day

9.30amRegistration
10.00amWorkshop Session
11.00amTea Break*
11.30amWorkshop Session
1.00pmLunch Break*
2.00pmTutor Performance
2.30pmWorkshop Session
3.15pmSharing Session
4.00pmFinish
4.00pm - 5.00pmEFDSS Family Barn Dance (please book directly with EFDSS)
* Cecil Sharp House has a Cafe on site that sells refreshments, home-made cakes and snacks. There are also cafes and refreshments a few minutes away towards Camden.

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
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Cello Club
23/04/20179:15 AM / 3:45 PM

Cello Mad!

Hampstead Town Hall
Hampstead Town Hall, 213 Haverstock Hill, London, NW3 4QP
Grades 1-8+ (Adult Learners Welcome) All ages welcome! Buy Your Tickets Now >> This year the London Cello Society presents CelloDay in a different format - a massed cello play-in!

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 1-5

Led 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

9.15-9.45amJunior Registration
9.45-10.00amSenior Registration
9.45am-12.45pmWarm-ups and Ensemble rehearsals
11.00-11.30amJunior Tea Break*
11.30am-12.00pmSenior Tea Break*
12.45- 1.30pmLunch Break**
1.30-2.00pmSurprise Concert
2.00-3.45pmDress Rehearsals & Concerts
*Cakes and refreshment included in ticket price for both participants and parent/guardian. **Lunch is not provided, there is a good selection of restaurants nearby the Hampstead Town Hall, 213 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 4QP

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 >>
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Cello Club
27/11/201610:00 AM / 3:30 PM

Around the World with Music

The Amadeus Centre
The Amadeus Centre, London W9 2JA

With Pavlos Carvalho, cello and bouzouki. Assisted by Helen Neilson and Sarah Carvalho-Dubost, cellos

Around 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 Events

 9.30 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
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Cello Club
17/04/2016All Day

CelloDay 2016 – Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Greenwich

This year the London Cello Society presents  our annual CelloDay in a different venue Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Greenwich.  We will feature a new format with exciting classes in folk music, cello guitar pizzicato, as well as our traditional schedule of masterclasses and cello techniques.  Join us for a day out by the river, making music and having fun! Buy Your Tickets Now >>
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Cello Club / For Teachers
15/11/201510:15 AM / 4:15 PM

Vamoosh… A Cello Adventure

The Vamoosh! series for young string players has met with much popular acclaim and lights up the learning experience with joy and good fun. Thomas Gregory, composer and cellist, will share with us his new pieces and will lead this event for cellists Grades 1-4 .
“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
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