Guy Johnston’s 300 Year Old Cello
10 years ago, Guy Johnston’s cello was broken on a trans-Atlantic flight coming back from a US tour, leading to a 7-year search for a particular cello carved meticulously 300 years ago in Rome by one of the greatest instrument makers of all time – David Tecchler. Guy was helped to buy the cello by a consortium of generous patrons and the Royal Society of Musicians.
Following the 300th anniversary of his cello in 2014, Guy started on a journey to celebrate his instrument, explore its Roman history and create a CD to mark the occasion.
Returning to his Alma Mater King’s College Cambridge to collaborate with his former choirmaster Stephen Cleobury, Guy is creating the disc under the College’s label. The disc also includes three new commissions by composers David Matthews, Mark Simpson and Charlotte Bray.
Other musicians on the disc include the Orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia and their conductor Calo Rizzari, Tom Poster, Magnus Johnston and Sheku Kanneh-Mason.