Teachers on their Teachers Steven Doane ‘Teaching inspirations’ with Ben Hughes


23/06/2019 2:00 PM - 4:45 PM

Royal Academy of Music, Cello Room 114

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

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    I first met Steven Doane in 1997 in London. This consultation lesson made a lasting impression and we next met in 2000 in his class at IMS Prussia Cove. This further inspired me to study with him for my Masters degree at the Eastman School of Music. This was a very special time. The class camaraderie was unique, the standards were exceptionally high with everyone learning so much from Mr Doane and each other. I continued to take lessons with him at the Royal Academy of Music whilst he was visiting professor for half a year on his sabbatical from Eastman.

    Benjamin Hughes

    Ben is one of the UK’s dynamic and versatile cellists, performing as a soloist, chamber musician and is Principal Cello of the BBC Concert Orchestra. Concerto performances have included Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, Friedrich Gulda’s Cello Concerto as part of the EFG London Jazz Festival and Patrick Nunn’s ‘Fata Morgana’ in the BBC’s Radio 3 Electronica series, which features a semi-acoustic electric cello made by Ben. He featured as a soloist using his electric cello at two sell-out performances of Planet Earth 2 at the Royal Albert Hall.

    Ben is in demand as a Guest Principal Cellist and has worked with many major Orchestra’s, the BBC Symphony Orchesrta, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia. He is a member of the Fibonacci Sequence Ensemble with which he has recorded works by Messiaen, Schubert, Elgar and Brahms for the Dutton and Deux Elles labels.

    Ben is also Professor of Cello and Orchestral Studies at the Royal Academy of Music.

    Adult non-members: £15
    Adult members: £12
    Student non-members: £10
    Student members: £8

    Schedule of Events

    2.00pm Introduction. Meeting Steven Doane
    3.10pm Sound and painting with the bow
    2.45pm Exploring technique to serve your musical voice
    3.15pm Q & A
    3.30pm Tea Break
    4.00pm Cello ensemble, using repertoire to explore ideas discussed during the afternoon
    4.45pm End of event

    All cellists encouraged to bring their cellos and take part.

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