Adventures With My Cello

With presenters Helen Neilson & Thomas Gregory

Sunday 8th October 2023 | 10.00 AM – 1.15 PM

David Josefowitz Recital Hall | Royal Academy of Music

London Cello Society Cello Club events are open for participation to all young people up to and including age 18. All levels and ages are welcome as observers.

Outer space is the theme of our new Adventures with My Cello event.

Venturing off our planet and into unknown places on the cello are not so different. You learn to prepare properly to meet challenges, to keep going when the going gets tough, and to enjoy new and exciting experiences.

In this workshop we will learn to explore different regions of the cello, to practice communicating new sounds and best of all, to enjoy some specially composed music: ‘Outer Space Suite’ by Thomas Gregory.

See you there for lift off!

Levels: Beginners to Grade 4

Schedule of events

10.00 – 10.15
10.15 – 10.30
10.30 – 11.00
11.00 – 11.45
11.45 – 12.05
12.05 – 12.50
12.55 – 1.15
Set up and tune
Warm – ups and new techniques
Introduction to ensembles
Tea Break
Ensemble rehearsal
Informal Concert

STRINGERS OF LONDON is offering a special one-hour talk about instruments for young children to all parents of participants, free of charge. The talk will take place at 11.00 AM at the venue.

We thank Stringers for their generous support of this event.

Participants: £48 for non-members / £43 for Cello Club members
Observers: £10 (non-members) and £8 (LCS members)

(Free refreshments included in the ticket price)

Helen Neilson

Helen Neilson

Helen Neilson is a cello teacher and performer working across an eclectic range of educational environments. She is a Suzuki teacher trained to level 5 and runs a group cello programme, “Our Cello Community”, based in South London. She is Head of Strings at Latymer Upper School and teaches in several other schools. Helen was a principal syllabus consultant for the current Trinity cello syllabus and trains and mentors young cello teachers on the Music Masters iPGCE programme. She plays on a cello made in Salisbury in 1784, called “Phoenix”.

Thomas Gregory

Thomas Gregory

Thomas Gregory is a versatile and imaginative string teacher with considerable experience teaching at all levels. As 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. Thomas is currently Head of Strings 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.


David Josefowitz Recital Hall, Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London NW1 5HT