5:00 PM


Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music

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

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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.


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 Events7pm Evening Concert Programme

Schedule of Events

5.00 PM5 pm Afternoon talk with Justin Pearson with demonstrations from Royal Academy of Music students on the Becket Collection instruments. *
7.00 PMEvening 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.

7.00pm Evening Concert Programme

Introduction by Charles Beare

Luigi BOCCHERINI – Sonata in G, G5 ‘Militare’

Allegro Militare
Tempo di Minuetto

Guy Johnston
Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Max BRUCH – Kol Nidrei, op 47
David POPPER – Hungarian Rhapsody, op 68

Amit Peled
John Lenehan, piano

Rachmaninov or Tchaikovsky pieces
Giovanni SOLLIMA – Lamentatio

Boris Andrianov
John Lenehan, piano



Ludwig van BEETHOVEN – 12 Variations on ‘Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen’, op 66
Anton WEBERN – Drei Kleine Stücke (Three Little Pieces)
Felix MENDELSSOHN – Song without Words, op 109

Ralph Kirshbaum
Simon Parkin, piano

Erich KORNGOLD – Suite ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ (arr. Ben Wallfisch)

Raphael Wallfisch
John Lenehan, Piano

Gioachino ROSSINI – La Danza: Tarantella Napoletana (arr. Selma Gokcen)

Boris Andrianov, Cello I
Amit Peled, Cello II

Raphael Wallfisch, Cello III
Ralph Kirshbaum IV

Guy Johnston, Cello V
Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Cello VI

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