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Main Series

Launch Event – Great Cellists on Film
with Michael Jameson, Presenter
Sunday 14th June 2020 – 5.00PM

Launch Event - Great Cellists on Film with Michael Jameson, Presenter Sunday 14th June 2020 - 5.00PM

The inaugural presentation in the London Cello Society’s pioneering series of online events features LCS Board member and cellist Michael Jameson, in the first of what promises to be an engaging, innovative, and informative calendar of virtual events to be hosted on the Zoom platform.

This presentation, approximately 75 minutes in duration, will profile some of the giants of 20th Century cello-playing through the medium of film, in excerpts and complete performances. The audio and most of the video content has been digitally reprocessed by Michael, and will provide good sound quality through computer speakers or headphones, despite the fact that much of this priceless historical footage pre-dates modern audio-visual recording technology, in some cases by many decades. The presentation also features live supporting commentary introducing each artist with biographical details and career highlights.

The roster of featured cellists encompasses undisputed giants of the art of cello-playing – Casals, Feuermann, Piatigorsky, Shafran, Starker, Fournier, Gendron, Rostropovich, Du Pré, Bylsma, and others. This LCS curtain-raiser promises unique insights into the artistry of some of the greatest cellists in history – we hope you will be able to join us!

A freelance orchestral cellist, Michael Jameson has worked with many UK orchestras, and with famous conductors and soloists including Sir Simon Rattle, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Mariss Jansons, Marin Alsop, Paul Tortelier, Alfred Brendel, and others. As soloist with community and youth orchestras, he has recently performed both Haydn concertos, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, and Shostakovich’s 1st cello concerto. He was also cellist of the Wessex String Quartet. Michael was the youngest ever contributor to Gramophone magazine, and also appeared on BBC Radio 3’s Record Review. He also collaborated with the 12 cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic on their series of recordings for EMI Classics. He plays on cellos by Joseph Panormo and John Betts, and uses bows by Hill, Simon, Durschmidt and Derek Wilson.

The Great LCS Cello Quiz
with Rebecca Gilliver, Principal Cello of the London Symphony Orchestra
Sunday 13th September 2020 – 5.00PM

Everything You Want to Know about the Bow…and Can Ask! with Rebecca Gilliver, Principal Cello of the London Symphony Orchestra Sunday 13th September 2020 - 5.00PM

Join LSO principal cellist Rebecca Gilliver for an evening of cello quiz fun! Interspersed with clips of cellists that Rebecca has found inspiring during these drought months with no concerts, the evening should challenge your cello knowledge, inspire you and hopefully make you laugh!

Rebecca Gilliver is the principal cellist at the London Symphony Orchestra and a Professor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She joined the LSO in 2001 as co-principal, then progressed to the principal chair in 2009. She has been lucky enough to work with conductors such as Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev and Sir Simon Rattle.

Rebecca studied with Melissa Phelps at the Yehudi Menuhin School, Moray Welsh and Ralph Kirshbaum at the RNCM and spent a year studying mostly contemporary music with Thomas Demenga in Basel. Early success in national and international competitions led to critically acclaimed debut recitals at the Wigmore Hall in London and Carnegie Hall, New York. Rebecca has played concertos with the Halle and the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields and participated in festivals such as Bath, Bergen and the Manchester International Cello Festival. A keen chamber musician, she has played with the Nash Ensemble, collaborated with artists such as Nikolai Znaider, Sarah Chang and Roger Vignoles and is a regular attendee at the renowned ISM Prussia Cove, a chamber music festival in Cornwall.

As a teacher, Rebecca has coached at Alpine Kammermusik, a chamber music course for students and amateurs, the Aboyne Cello Festival, Pro Corda and The Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Rebecca recently set up her own cello course, The Dorset Cello Classes, for advanced students and adult learners.

She plays on a Rogeri cello from 1695.

Two Cellos …. under One Roof
with Tim Gill and Joely Koos
Sunday 11th October 2020 – 5.00PM

Two Cellos …. under One Roof with Tim Gill and Joely Koos Sunday 11th October 2020

What happens when two cellists (maybe three!) are trapped under one roof during lockdown?

To find out, join Tim and Joely when they present their fabulous feast of cello duets written for cellists by cellists – from the luxuriant via the funky to the downright anti-establishment.

This unique concert features no less than three world premieres – two exciting new works by Philip Sheppard and Theo Gill, and a new arrangement of a stunning Zoe Martlew piece. In addition, during lockdown, Roderick Williams sent Tim and Joely a fabulous gift via email of a new duet which they are thrilled to perform.

Be prepared to be drawn in to the far out whacky world of Kagel’s’ “Match” and relax to some gorgeous golden oldies.


  • Offenbach – Scherzo in D. op 52 no 2
  • Roderick Williams – Sonatina – Finale
  • J S Bach (arr. Bunting) – Bourrée in C
  • Kagel – Match
  • Zoe Martlew arr. Koos – Berceuse (for cello trio)
  • Theo Gill – Jubilate Brittanica (cello trio)
  • Philip Sheppard – Three Partitas
  • Bacharach (arr. Koos) – The Look of Love






Playing with Presence
with Nick Trygstad, Principal Cello of the Hallé Orchestra. With guest Dale Culliford
Sunday 8th November 2020 – 5.00PM

Playing with Presence

It’s a common experience at the end of a performance to only be able to list everything we felt we did badly. Often that judgemental voice is so active while we
perform and practice we don’t actually hear anything we have played! We can even mistakenly believe we need to cultivate this judgemental mindset in order to improve.

In this online seminar Nick will discuss how cello practice, like meditation practice, can be another way to explore mindfulness and presence. By developing awareness through our practice we can listen more deeply to sound, enjoy the physicality of playing, and make progress with greater ease and enjoyment.

Nicholas Trygstad

Born into a musical family, Nicholas Trygstad began cello lessons at the age of four in Minnesota, USA. In his teenage years he studied with Peter Howard, Principal Cellist of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, who inspired him to pursue the cello professionally.

In 1998 he came to a England to study with Hannah Roberts and Ralph Kirshbaum at the Royal Northern College of Music. While at the RNCM he received many awards both within the UK and America, most notably the Bronze Medal in the London Symphony Orchestra scholarship competition, and the Gold Medal from the RNCM.

Having previously been principal cello with Scottish Opera, Nicholas Trygstad became principal cellist of the Hallé in 2005. A passionate educator, Nick has taught and led workshops for many years at the Royal Northern College of Music and is delighted to work regularly with NYO and NYO Inspire.

Nick will be joined In conversation with colleague and friend Dale Culliford.

Dale Culliford

Dale Culliford was born in New Zealand and with the aid of a NZ Arts Council Scholarship studied in London with Tanya Prochazka and Steven Isserlis. Dale has played with many of Britain’s top orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of the orchestra of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and previously played with the Guildhall String Ensemble. Since 1998 Dale has been a member of the Hallé Orchestra. Alongside this busy schedule she enjoys playing chamber music, and teaching. She has a particular interest in combining her training as an Alexander Technique teacher with cello playing and exploring a more holistic approach to teaching and performing.

Free Improvisation – The Art of Dialogue
Shirley Smart, cello with James Arben, tenor sax and flute
Sunday 5th September 2021 – 5.00PM

Free Improvisation - The Art of Dialogue

Shirley Smart is recognised as one of the UK’s most versatile and creative cellists – being equally at home and well versed in jazz and Middle Eastern music, as well as classical music. Originally trained under Raphael Wallfisch at the Guildhall School of Music, and Janos Starker in Paris, she subsequently moved to Jerusalem, where she remained for 10 years, studying and performing a wide variety of musical traditions from the North Africa, Turkey and Middle East. She was also highly active on the jazz scene, working with artists including Avishai Cohen, Omer Avital and Yasmin Levy. Since returning to the UK, she has quickly become known as one of the most creative cellists on the music scene and has worked with many leading jazz and world music groups, including Antonio Forcione, Mulatu Astatke, Gilad Atzmon, Neil Cowley, Julian Ferraretto, Robert Mitchell, and Alice Zawadski. Shirley is involved in a variety of projects, which include her own trio, with John Crawford on piano, and Demi Garcia Sabat on drums, a duo with pianist Robert Mitchell, Issie Barratts’ Interchange Dectet, Iraqi-folk based Sawa trio, and a free 5tet featuring James Arben, Alexander Hawkins, Liran Donin and Jon Scott. Shirley teaches Improvisation and Jazz at the Royal College of Music and is Head of Performance at City University.

James Arben is a multi-instrumentalist. He plays all saxophones, flute, oboe, bass clarinet, clarinet, vocals and piano, and is a versatile creative musician who is comfortable in vast array of musical situations. He studied at Oxford University and later the Guildhall and Trinity Schools of Music, studying variously with Don Rendell, Jean Toussaint, and Tim Garland. His extensive professional work includes MDing for Mulatu Astakte. He has also worked with The Heliocentrics, The Hackney Colliery Band, Family Atlantica, London Concert Choir, London Vocal Project, Molotov Jukebox, The O’Jays, DJ Gaslamp Killer, Down to the Bone, Mary Wilson, Brazilian rapper Criolo, Talib Kweli, Snowboy, Tony Visconti, Jim Stapley, Robin Jones Latin Underground Orchestra, King Salsa, Steve Waterman, NYJO, David Axelrod, The Kooks, Maxi Priest, Steve Brookstein, Digby Fairweather, Rufus Reid, Byron Wallen, Finn Peters, Alexander Hawkins Large Ensemble, The Glen Miller Orchestra, Saravah Soul, Miss Hoodoo and the Delta Boys, The Black Jesus Experience , Joe Stilgoe, Big Band Metheny, David Okumu, Seb Rochford ,Tom Herbert, Steve Nieve, Camille O’Sullivan, Jolie Holland, Terry Edwards , St Etienne, Roy Hemmings, The Spike Orchestra, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, Alex Kapranos, Sam Amidon, Jason Lindner and Marcus Gilmore.

Breathe, Twist, Spiral and Flow: An exploration of balance and freedom of movement in singing the cello
with Felicity Vincent, Pilates and movement expert

Felicity Vincent regrets she has withdrawn from this event due to personal reasons. The London Cello Society wishes her well.

Breathe, Twist, Spiral and Flow: An exploration of balance and freedom of movement in singing the cello with Felicity Vincent, Pilates and movement expert Sunday 21st March 2021 - 5.00PM

Upright movement is vital to our enjoyment of life. Maintaining strength, flexibility and awareness of our lower body is both part of cello playing and staying healthy whatever your size and shape. I will introduce you to your feet, and we will travel upwards meeting the pelvis, the lumbar spine, ribs and diaphragm before connecting to the accepted cello playing bits.

There are many online exercise classes during lockdown. Feldenkrais, T’ai Chi, Yoga, Pilates. See what grabs you. You can simply walk briskly swinging your arms – swing them up too, and roll around on a mat on the floor. Wiggle your toes! Explore!

Keep moving, keep playing, and see you in the spring!

After studies with Muriel Taylor at the RAM Felicity Vincent joined Barbirolli’s Hallé at 21. A car door finger injury altered her life plans but her journey with music in search of cello- playing knowledge continued. She was encouraged in this by Janos Starker at Indiana University and has played in the Toronto Symphony and Israel Philharmonic. In love with chamber music, she has performed many obscure corners of the cello and piano literature as well as most of the staples.

Felicity qualified as a Pilates instructor in 2000 in order to discover why the exercise helped her playing. She qualified as a sports and remedial massage therapist with the LSSRM in order to learn more about bodies and has since turned her attention to the role of fascia (nerve-ending rich soft tissue) as a strong, stretchy trainable part of our anatomy.

Great Cellos, both seen and heard
with Justin Pearson
Sunday 9th May 2021 – 5.00PM (British summertime)

Great Cellos - Both seen and heard. Distinguished luthiers in conversation with Justin Pearson Sunday 9th May 2021

Guests include distinguished cellists Steven Isserlis, Thomas Demenga, Raphael Wallfisch, Rebecca Gilliver, Amit Peled, Guy Johnston, and Cremonese luthiers Edgar Russ, Mina Mazzolari, in performance and in conversation.

Over many decades of playing and listening to great cellists and fine cellos, Justin Pearson has been privileged to experience some of the greatest sounding instruments brought to their full potential by master musicians.

In this exclusive London Cello Society presentation, he engages some of the world’s greatest cellists, talking about the instruments they play, discussing the provenance of their celebrated cellos, and finding out what they feel like to play.

Featured cellos include the Marquis de Corberon Strad whose eponymous owner perished under the guillotine in the French Revolution; centuries later the same cello was played by Zara Nelsova; a Montagnana that was heard on many famous film tracks; the early Andrea Guarneri played by the cellist of the Guarneri String Quartet; a Tecchler cello that was judged the most beautiful recorded cello tone of all time.

Cremonese luthier Mina Mazzolari joins the discussion, having made her new cello for the event. The cello will be played for the first time in public by the principal cellist of the London Symphony Orchestra, Rebecca Gilliver.

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Amateurs & Adult Learner Division

How to Enliven your Practice
with Kim Mackrell, Director of Amateurs and Adult Learners Division
Sunday 22nd November 2020 – 5.00PM

How to Enliven your Practise with Kim Mackrell, Director of Amateurs and Adult Learners Division Sunday 22nd November 2020 - 5.00PM

The practise process is probably the most important area of learning an instrument. Regular and well thought out practise goes hand in hand with progress and
enjoyment. In this session we will find our way round the pitfalls and frustrations we have all experienced, and answer any questions that have been gnawing away at you about this vital and surprisingly enjoyable occupation!

Kim Mackrell studied cello at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Leonard Steyn, where she won the Guildhall School Cello prize. Work abroad followed, in Bermuda with the Guildhall Quartet, and as principal cellist in the Las Palmas Philharmonic Orchestra. She joined the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, leaving after six years to freelance with orchestras in the north.

Since returning to London her freelance work has been an eclectic mix of genres; regular LSO concerts and tours; solo cellist with the Kosh Dance/Theatre Company; twenty years with contemporary music group Harmonie Band performing original scores for silent film, taking projects to schools, and giving concerts; twelve years a member of the Solarek Piano Trio; founder of the Pisces String Quartet in 2004.

Her teaching practise began to attract adult amateurs, and through the cello section coaching and group work that followed, Chamber Cellos Courses was formed in 2008 chambercellos.co.uk.

Cello Club

Buffing Up Your ‘Cello Practice-An Online Workshop for Young Cellists Gr1-4
with Josh Salter and Thomas Gregory
Sunday 18th October 2020 – 5.00PM – 6.00PM

Buffing Up your Cello Practice – Skills for Young Cellists with Josh Salter and Thomas Gregory Sunday 18th October 2020 - 5.00PM

How do we make practice fun and effective? Join us and learn warm ups to get you playing at your peak, strategies for scale success, technique building games and a brand new piece written for the occasion by Thomas Gregory.

This workshop will include a pre-recorded session, and the opportunity to join together on Zoom at the end of the session, when participants can ask Josh and Thomas any questions on the materials covered. Music for the new piece will be made available for participants to practice before the event.

Buffing Up your Cello Practice – Skills for Young Cellists with Josh Salter and Thomas Gregory Sunday 18th October 2020 - 5.00PM

Thomas Gregory is a versatile and imaginative string teacher with considerable experience teaching at all levels. Himself an accomplished cellist, he has pioneereda modern approach to group teaching, harnessing the natural curiosity of children to motivate and take ownership of their learning. Based in London UK, Thomas is currently Head of String 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.

Buffing Up your Cello Practice – Skills for Young Cellists with Josh Salter and Thomas Gregory Sunday 18th October 2020 - 5.00PM

Josh Salter hails from Yorkshire, and now resides in North London, pursuing a varied schedule of performing and teaching. Recent concerts include venues in Beijing, Budapest and Basingstoke with orchestras including City of London Sinfonia, Academy of Ancient Music and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. He teaches for Camden and Haringey Music Services, North Bridge House Prep School, directs the OAE’s String Club, and has a large studio of private students. He also coaches the cellos of the London Medical Orchestra, and recently performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with them. His own studies took place at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music.

Baroquerie: A Banquet of your Favourites from Bach to Vivaldi
with Angela East of Red Priest
Sunday 23rd May 2021 – 5.00PM

Baroquerie: A Banquet of your Favourites from Bach to Vivaldi with Angela East of Red Priest Sunday 24th January 2021 - 5.00PM

Surprise your examiner with your stylish playing of Baroque repertoire! We will explore a whole range of expressive bowing techniques, ornamentation, dynamics and Baroque features that will help you on your musical journey and provide a valuable palette of colours for your performances. There will be examples from a wide selection of Baroque composers from both the ABRSM and Trinity syllabuses.

Angela East is a founder member of the exciting and innovative ensemble, Red Priest, that has performed worldwide for the last 23 years. This ensemble has provided her with opportunities as a soloist and, with Red Priest Recordings, she has made two solo CDs, one of the Bach Cello Suites and the other, Baroque Cello Illuminations, is a collection of baroque pedagogical works such as those that will be discussed in our workshop.

For years, Angela played as continuo cellist with several of the foremost Baroque orchestras in London, such as the English Baroque Soloists, the Gabrieli Consort and Players and the King’s Consort. She was also the principal cellist in the very first performance on original instruments at Glyndebourne with Sir Simon Rattle.

She has participated in over 200 recordings including those of the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Led Zeppelin and Eminem and has written a book about playing the Baroque cello, called Play Baroque!

And….wait for it…. A special hour with Aaron Minsky, the one and only Von Cello!
Tripping Round the World with 10 International Cello Encores (A Preview of Global CelloDay)*
This event will take place in April 2022

A special hour with Aaron Minsky,

Aaron Minsky will choose four of his International Cello Encores to talk about – how he came to write them and what inspired their varied techniques. Knowing Von Cello, there will be some hot cello playing too!

*Note to Cello Club members: Pending improved circumstances, we hope to re-schedule Global CelloDay on Sunday 18th April 2021.