Glories of Venice – A Celebration of Rare Cellos


Starts in 2 Months, 6 Days

25/11/2018 5:00 PM

Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London, NW1 5HT

    Sponsored by

    Brompton's Auctioneers

    The grand city of Venice, one of the centres of musical activity in the early and mid-eighteenth century and fabled for its pageantry, ceremonies, and street life, was also home to the great cello makers Matteo Goffriller and Domenico Montagnana, amongst others. Their instruments, rivalling those of the great Stradivarius, have been the choice of past and present stars of the cello world, including Pablo Casals, Pierre Fournier, Leonard Rose, Lynn Harrell, Mischa Maisky and many more. This event offers the chance to see and hear in close proximity instruments which have lent their lustre to the art of musical performance for nearly 300 years, in the hands of stellar cellists. On special loan from Charles Beare, we will also be able to hear a rare Sanctus Serafin cello from his private collection.

    We also celebrate the life and work of Ralph Kirshbaum, our Honorary President, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the London Cello Society.

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    Boris Andrianov (Romanov family- Tsar Alexander I)

    Guy Johnston (to be confirmed)

    Ralph Kirshbaum (1729, ex-Piatti)

    Raphael Wallfisch (1733 Ex-Romberg, ex-Keith Harvey)


    Amit Peled (1733, Loaned by the Pablo Casals Estate)

    Sanctus Serafin

    Sheku Kanneh-Mason (from the private collection of Charles Beare)

    Schedule of Events

    5.00 PM 5 pm Afternoon talk with Justin Pearson with demonstrations from Royal Academy of Music students on the Becket Collection instruments. *
    7.00 PM Evening concert in the Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music
    LCS Lifetime Achievement Award to Ralph Kirshbaum

    *The Becket Collection incorporates a group of 15 specially commissioned modern copies of Venetian baroque masterpieces and their bows—an ensemble of the type that Vivaldi would have used for performances in Venice in the early 18th century. Three years in the making, this was the largest single instrument commission of its time and involved some of the finest luthiers from Europe and the USA.

    The London Cello Society wishes to thank Brompton’s Auctioneers – Fine and Rare Musical Instruments for their generous sponsorship of this event.

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