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LCS Live Events 2022-2023

Collections in Consort

Sunday 20th November, 2022 | 6.00pm
(Pre-concert talk at 4.45 PM)
The Duke’s Hall | Royal Academy of Music

Collections in Consort

The Demenga Brothers

In Classes and Concert
Sunday 18th June, 2023 | 11.00am to 19.45pm
The Duke’s Hall | Royal Academy of Music

The Demenga Brothers

I Got Rhythm!

Sunday 21st May 2023 | 1.30 – 5.30
St John’s Wood Church, Lord’s Roundabout NW8 7NE

I Got Rhythm!

Two’s Company!

Sunday 6th November 2022 | 1.00 – 5.00 PM
The School of Philosophy and Economic Science, London W1

Two’s Company!

Adventures With My Cello

Up The Mountain!
With presenters Helen Neilson & Thomas Gregory

Sunday 9th October 2022 | 10.00 AM – 1.15 PM
David Josefowitz Recital Hall | Royal Academy of Music

Adventures with my Cello up the Mountain!

Global Cello Day 2023

Sunday 30th April 2023 | 9.30 AM – 5.45 PM
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Global Cello Day 2023

LCS Live Events 2021-2022

Cellos Aboard!

Sunday 6th February 2022 | 3.00pm
David Josefowitz Hall, Royal Academy of Music

Cellos Aboard

Soul Music

Works for the Cello inspired by Hebraic Themes
Sunday 8th May 2022 | 11.00am – 6.00pm
Royal Academy of Music | Concert Room

Soul Music

Back in the Groove

A Play Day for Adult Amateur Cellists
Sunday 6th March 2022 | 1.00pm – 5.00pm
The School of Philosophy and Economic Science, London W1

Back in the Groove

Cello Wings – How to practise for success

With the Dream Team! Dan James and Josh Salter, cello tutors
Sunday 7th November 2021 | 9.30am – 1.00pm
Mills Centre, Highgate N6

Cello Wings – How to practice for success

CelloDay 2022

Sunday 10th April 2022 | 10.00AM – 5.45PM
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

CelloDay 2022

Online Season 2020-2021

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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Past Events Main Series

LCS Main Series
17/05/20201:00 PM / 5:00 PM

A Celebration of Contemporary Cellos and their Makers – EVENT CANCELLED

Cecil Sharp House
Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, NW1 7AY

This event has been cancelled at the request of the BVMA.

In partnership with the British Violin Makers Association

The London Cello Society is delighted to present a collaborative event celebrating some of the finest modern cellos currently being crafted by luthiers. As part of the 25th anniversary of the British Violin Makers Association, a wide variety of instrument and bow makers will be exhibiting their work, answering questions about cello set-up and discussing your needs. The event offers a rare opportunity for all cellists—performers, teachers and students— who wish to become more familiar with the great British traditions of instrument-making and to learn more about selecting cellos and bows. Members: Adult £20 / Student £8 Non-Members: Adult £25 / Student £10
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LCS Main Series
01/03/20202:00 PM / 4:45 PM

Cello Power!

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

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Young Cello Talent in Concert

The London Cello Society is pleased to present gifted young cellists in an afternoon of solo and duo works for the cello, showcasing their remarkable level of skill and musicianship as well as the fine quality of teaching the Society is proud to support. These young players already show a commendable commitment to music-making and have been recommended for participation by our colleagues in the music profession. Young cellists have been chosen from the Junior Schools of the Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Guildhall School of Music, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Wells Cathedral School, Chethams and various private teaching studios. We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be an exciting and entertaining event for our members, families and the general public. Members: Adult £12 / Student £5 Non-Members: Adult £15 / Student £8
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Schedule of Events

2.00 pmJunior Concert (cellists up to and including age 12)   Inez Karlsson - Michal Kaznowski / Junior RCM Mayuchi Ono / Lara Moore / Junior RAM Madeleine Murray  - Michal Kaznowski / Junior RCM Finn Anderson-Hendra - Ben Davies Lotte Shlomowitz / Penny Driver Ludovico Wernig - Alexander Boyarsky, Junior RCM The Matavi Duo with Avram Harris and Matias Yung - Selma Gokcen / Junior Guildhalll
3.00 pmTea Break
3.30 pmSenior Concert (cellists 13-18 years old)   Adam Cubitt - Gillian Thoday / Chetham’s Ciara Whitnall - Robert Max, Junior RAM Ellen Baumring-Gledhill  - Dr Oliver Gledhill / Junior Guildhall Margot Field - Nicholas Jones / Chetham’s Sarah Henderson - Vanessa Lucas-Smith / Junior Trinity Megan Clarke - Alexander Boyarsky / Junior RCM Haru Ogiwara - Pal Banda / Junior RCM   Aris and Orestes Sabetai (brothers) Bonus Encore - William Bruce / Junior Guildhall
4.45 pmEvent ends
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LCS Main Series
03/11/201911:00 AM / 9:00 PM

Beethoven & the Cello – The Revolutionary and Romantic

Angela Burgess Recital Hall, Duke’s Hall | Royal Academy of Music
Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London, NW1 5HT
Beethoven & the Cello - The Revolutionary and Romantic The London Cello Society celebrates the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with a programme devoted to his works for cello and the context which gave birth to the modern cello sonata as we know it—a true partner to the keyboard. Beethoven’s revolutionary and romantic spirit is very much alive in these works and we can follow his evolution as a composer through their pag es. Join us for a first-class line-up of period instrument players and lecturers whose insights will make for an enriching day and evening. Buy Tickets Now via TicketSource (Opens  external link) >>


Roel Dieltiens Philip Higham Sarah McMahon Robin Michael Johannes Rostamo


Catherine Manson


Alasdair Beatson Simon-Crawford-Phillips Daniel Tong


David Watkin


Trio Goya Consone Quartet

Special Guest

Sir John Eliot Gardiner

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Schedule of Events

MorningIn the Angela Burgess Recital Hall
11.00 amFrom Vienna to Berlin and the court of King Frédéric the Great Opening talk Beethoven Trio, op 1 no 3 Duport - Sonata, op 1 no 3 Beethoven - Sonata in F major, op 5 no 1 With David Watkin, Trio Goya, Sarah McMahon, Philip Higham and Alasdair Beatson
12.15 pmA Masterclass on playing Beethoven, the Duport Treatise and other gems With David Watkin and with the participation of Hugh Mackay, Royal Academy of Music
1.15 pmLunch
Afternoon & EveningIn the Duke’s Hall
2.30 pmAfternoon Concert Beethoven - Sonata in G minor, op 5 no 2 Beethoven - ‘Kreutzer’ Sonata, op 47 arr. for String Quintet Tea break Beethoven - Sonata in A major, op 69 With Johannes Rostamo, Simon Crawford- Phillips, Consone Quartet and Robin Michael, Roel Dieltiens and Alasdair Beatson
4.30 pmSir John Eliot Gardiner, interviewed by Robin Michael
5.15 pmRoyal Academy of Music—The Cello in Beethoven’s time Works by Beethoven and Duport With students of the Royal Academy of Music
5.45 pmBreak
7.15 pmEvening Concert Beethoven - Sonata in C major, op 102 no 1 Beethoven - Sonata in D major, op 102 no 2 Beethoven - ‘Archduke’ Trio, op 97 With Sarah McMahon, Robin Michael, Daniel Tong, Catherine Manson and Alasdair Beatson
8.40 pmEvent Ends
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LCS Main Series
23/06/20192:00 PM / 4:45 PM

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

Royal Academy of Music, Cello Room 114
Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5HT
Buy Tickets Now >> 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

2.00pmIntroduction. Meeting Steven Doane
3.10pmSound and painting with the bow
2.45pmExploring technique to serve your musical voice
3.15pmQ & A
3.30pmTea Break
4.00pmCello ensemble, using repertoire to explore ideas discussed during the afternoon
4.45pmEnd of event
All cellists encouraged to bring their cellos and take part.

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    LCS Main Series
    10/03/20192:00 PM

    Cellemental – With Matthew Sharp and Hillel Zori

    Royal Academy of Music, Concert Room
    Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5HT
    Join Hillel and Matthew for an event that reignites your Cello Scientist and unlocks your Cello Artist—Periodic Table meets Earth, Wind, Fire and Water! Matthew will lead a 75 minute introductory, participatory session preparing body, mind, larynx and spirit for using the cello as both recreative and creative agent. Hillel will continue the journey, elucidating the elusive Popper etudes and exploring how these Cello Maps can prepare you for adventures into uncharted waters.

    Schedule of Events

    2.00pmIntroductory Session with Matthew Sharp. All participants welcome with cellos
    3.15pm - 4.30pmCello Journey with Hillel Zori (through Popper Etudes and Cello Maps)
    4.15pmTea Break
    5.00pmConcert with Matthew Sharp and Hillel Zori – Eclectic repertoire from Bach to Bizet to Jeff Buckley (concert performed without interval)
    6.15pmEvent ends
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    LCS Main Series
    25/11/20185:00 PM

    Glories of Venice – A Celebration of Rare Cellos

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

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    Sponsored by

    Brompton's Auctioneers 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 Largo 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.
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    LCS Main Series
    11/11/201811:00 AM

    Mon Plaisir

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

    Launching the Amateurs & Adult Learners Division with a joyful day of Music, Food and Friends

    I’m very pleased to announce ‘Mon Plaisir’, the official launch day of the Amateurs & Adult Learners division of the London Cello Society. We are so lucky to have the wonderful surrounds of the Dukes Hall, such a beautiful place in which to play cello ensembles. The music will be a wonderful mix of different genres, and we will cobble together a very short programme for an end-of-day informal performance to friends and family. A delicious three-course lunch with a complimentary glass of wine will be provided, as will a plentiful supply of tea, coffee and cakes in the morning break. Cellists of all levels are welcome, from late starters to gigging amateurs. There are stratospheric parts for the advanced players, straightforward parts for the terrified, and everything in between. All parts are allocated individually and music is sent out in advance. Looking forward to having you with us! Kim Mackrell Director, Amateur & Adult Learner Division


    To book please email Kim Mackrell at [email protected].

    Adult LCS members £63

    Adult non-members £70

    Students in full time education £50

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    10/06/20182:30 PM / 5:00 PM

    High Fliers: The Violin Technique of Albert Sammons, translated for the Cello With Lionel Handy

    Royal Academy of Music, Henry Wood Room
    Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5HT
    Venue: Royal Academy of Music, Henry Wood Room, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5HT Lionel Handy, performer and teacher at the Royal Academy of Music, has transcribed Albert Sammon's incredible violin technique book for cello. This version is designed for professionals who don't have many hours to keep their technique at a high level. Many of the exercises are quirky on the cello but are immensely useful. Lionel will give a presentation of this book to interested members, teachers, performers and students.

    Schedule of Events

    2.30 PMDemonstrations using extracts from Violin Technique by Albert Sammons, transcribed by Lionel Handy
    3.30 PMQ & A session
    3.45 PMTea break
    4.15 PMPerformance of Delius Sonata No 3 for violin (arr. by Lionel Handy)
    4.40 PMEvent concludes
    Tickets are £10 / adults and £6 for students. 20% discount for LCS members. To book tickets email [email protected]. You may also purchase tickets on the door.* *If you intend to purchase tickets on the door please let us know ([email protected]) so that we can keep track of numbers for seating and catering.
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    25/02/201811:00 AM / 8:15 PM

    Bella Vivaldi

    Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music
    Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London, NW1 5HT
    Event DescriptionMasterclasses17.00 Concert19.00 ConcertTicket Prices

    Event Description

    Bella Vivaldi presents cellist Roel Dieltiens and chosen members of Ensemble Explorations—double bass, theorbo, guitar, organ and harpsichord, with Sebastian Comberti as second cellist. Joining them will be the Royal Academy of Music String Orchestra and specially chosen soloists, including Distinguished Professor of Cello Josephine Knight and star students of the Academy. This celebration of Vivaldi for the cello (including sonatas and concertos) reveals a fresh and unusual approach, using ornamentation, colourful instrumentation and imaginative interpretations, for which Roel and his Ensemble are well known in their award-winning recordings and performances. This approach also offers young players a fresh perspective to these much-loved works. There will be classes on the day for both Junior and Senior level players. The London Cello Society thanks the Royal Academy of Music and Ingles & Hayday, specialist stringed instrument auction house and dealership, for their generous support of this event.

    Schedule of Events

    11.00 - 13.00Junior masterclasses with Roel Dieltiens - Vivaldi Sonatas (including ABRSM grades 6-8 syllabus works)
    14.15 - 16.15Vivaldi in the Concert Hall with Roel Dieltiens - masterclasses for music college students
    17.00 - 17.40Royal Academy of Music String Soloists in Concert (Free of charge to all ticket holders. There will be a £5 charge to attend only this event)
    19.00 - 20.15The Cello Sonatas of Antonio Vivaldi featuring Roel Dieltiens & Ensemble Explorations, with guest artists Sebastian Comberti, cello and Josephine Rose Jobbins, double bass.


    All masterclasses are open to the public, adults and students alike. You will require a ticket for admission to observe the classes. Those who wish to participate in the masterclass should contact Simonie Coote, Events Coordinator at [email protected] with their chosen repertoire.

    Schedule of Events

    11.00 - 13.00Junior masterclasses with Roel Dieltiens - Vivaldi Sonatas (including ABRSM grades 6-8 syllabus works)
    14.15 - 16.15Vivaldi in the Concert Hall with Roel Dieltiens - masterclasses for music college students
    17.00 - 17.40Royal Academy of Music String Soloists in Concert (Free of charge to all ticket holders. There will be a £5 charge to attend only this event)
    19.00 - 20.15The Cello Sonatas of Antonio Vivaldi featuring Roel Dieltiens & Ensemble Explorations, with guest artists Sebastian Comberti, cello and Josephine Rose Jobbins, double bass.

    17.00 - Royal Academy of Music String Soloists in Concert

    Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto in G minor RV 531 Allegro (Moderato) – Largo – Allegro Josephine Knight and Charlotte Kaslin, solo cellos Vivaldi Concerto in B flat major RV 423 Allegro- Largo – Allegro Soo Yeon Lee, solo cello Cello professor Josephine Knight holds the Piatti Chair in Cello at the Royal Academy of Music. One of Europe’s most distinguished and active cellists, she combines a prestigious international solo performance profile with her Academy teaching. Her own studies - predominantly with the legendary Aldo Parisot have given her an artistic influence which continues to forge exceptional career trajectories for generations of her cello students. She is the Artistic Director of the Academy Cello Ensemble. Charlotte Kaslin studied at the Conservatory of Paris with Raphael Pidoux and Xavier Gagnepain before transferring to the BMus programme at the Academy to study with Josephine Knight. Now a Masters student, she receives tuition from both Josephine Knight and Christoph Richter. She has played in masterclasses with Steven Isserlis (Wigmore Hall) , Jerome Pernoo and Colin Carr amongst others, is a regular principal cello in RAM orchestral projects and is a member of the Talisman Trio. Soo Yeon Lee is currently studying on the Advanced Diploma course at the Academy where she is taught by Jo Cole and Josephine Knight. Recent teaching influences have also included lessons with Academy Visiting Professors Colin Carr and Sung Won Yang and a master class with Mischa Maisky. Soo Yeon has a busy diary of concerto and recital performances in London and elsewhere in the UK as well as in her home country of Korea and she is in a cello and harp duo with harpist Milo Harper.

    Continuo Keyboard: Masterclass and Concert

    A remarkably versatile musician, organist, fortepianist and harpsichordist, Benedict Williams began his training as a chorister at King’s College Cambridge and music scholar at Oundle School. He graduated from the University of York with a First Class degree and the ‘Outstanding Contribution Prize in Music’ in 2015 and is currently on the Professional Diploma course at the Royal Academy of Music studying with Carole Cerasi and Terence Charlston.

    Schedule of Events

    11.00 - 13.00Junior masterclasses with Roel Dieltiens - Vivaldi Sonatas (including ABRSM grades 6-8 syllabus works)
    14.15 - 16.15Vivaldi in the Concert Hall with Roel Dieltiens - masterclasses for music college students
    17.00 - 17.40Royal Academy of Music String Soloists in Concert (Free of charge to all ticket holders. There will be a £5 charge to attend only this event)
    19.00 - 20.15The Cello Sonatas of Antonio Vivaldi featuring Roel Dieltiens & Ensemble Explorations, with guest artists Sebastian Comberti, cello and Josephine Rose Jobbins, double bass.

    19.00 - The Cello Sonatas of Antonio Vivaldi featuring Roel Dieltiens & Ensemble Explorations, with guest artists Sebastian Comberti, cello and Josephine Rose Jobbins, double bass

    Sonatas by Antonio Vivaldi

    Sonata 5 in E minor, RV 40 Largo, Allegro, Largo, Allegro Sonata 3 in A minor, RV 43 Largo, Allegro, Largo, Allegro Sonata 1 in B-flat major, RV 47 Largo, Allegro, Largo, Allegro
    Sonata 6 in B-flat major, RV 46 Preludio, Allemanda, Largo, Corrente Sonata 7 in A minor, RV 44 Largo, Allegro, Largo, Allegro

    Artist Biographies

    Roel Dieltiens, cello

    The cellist Roel Dieltiens studied in Antwerp and Detmold. He swiftly made a name for himself on the international scene and is now regarded as an authority on both modern and Baroque cello. His strong personality, overwhelming musicality and unconventional approach took him right from the beginning of his career to all the world’s great concert centres (Paris, Berlin, London, New York, Moscow, Tokyo). He has also gained international recognition as a chamber musician and founder of the celebrated Ensemble Explorations. Since 2010 he has appeared in trio formation with Andreas Staier (piano) and Daniel Sepec (violin). He has made a series of recordings for the Harmonia Mundi and Etcetera labels that have consistently received praise from the critics and aroused great public interest. Some quotations from the reviews that have greeted his CDs illustrate this nicely: ‘Simply the best’ (Classic CD, USA, on the recording of Kodály’s Sonata for solo cello op. 8); ‘The only significant disc of cello music to appear in 1997’ (Fanfare, USA, on his Franchomme CD); ‘A distinguished disc, and the best Vivaldi recording for a long time’ (Diapason, France, on his first CD of cello concertos by Vivaldi).In 2010 Roel Dieltiens received a Klara award and the Caecilia Prize for his recent recording of the Suites for unaccompanied cello of J. S. Bach. Roel Dieltiens is Professor of Cello at the Hochschule der Künste in Zurich (CH) and has served as a jury member in international competitions including the Leipzig Bach Competition, the Moscow Tchaikovsky Competition and the Queen Elisabeth Competition. In 2006 the TV channel Canvas produced a comprehensive in-depth documentary about this artist.

    Ensemble Explorations

    Jurgen De bruyn, lute and guitar

    Jurgen De bruyn studied classical guitar with Raphaëlla Smits and lute with Philippe Malfeyt at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven, where he also obtained a master’s degree in chamber music with Roel Dieltiens and Erik Van Nevel. Jurgen De bruyn has been the artistic director of the internationally renowned early music ensemble Zefiro Torna since 2003. He has contributed to many early music projects and recordings with ensembles, artists and conductors such as the Huelgas Ensemble (dir. Paul Van Nevel), Collegium Vocale Gent (dir. Philippe Herreweghe, the Flemish Opera (dir. Paul Goodwin), Capilla Flamenca, les Agrémens (dir. Jean Tubéry and Rinaldo Allessandrini), Il Fondamento (dir. Paul Dombrecht), Currende (dir. Erik Van Nevel), Vlaams Radio Koor (dir. Bo Holten and Jos Van Veldhoven), Vox Luminis, Ensemble Explorations, Capriola di Gioia, la Cetra d’Orfeo and Jeroen Berwaerts ensemble, Ann Cambier. He has also taken part in projects in other genres: jazz-world music with the Chris Joris Experience, the Sahava Seewald ensemble, contemporary dance with Les Ballets C de la B, among others. Jurgen teaches at the Academies for Music, Word and Dance in Sint-Lambrechts-Woluwe and Tienen.

    Bart Naessens, harpsichord and organ

    Bart Naessens graduated as Master after Master for organ, harpsichord and choir/orchestra/conducting at the conservatories of Leuven and Paris. He is currently finalising his doctoral study about ‘the claviorganum’ at the University of Leuven. Since 1999 he has been Principal Organist at the Sint-Gillis and Walburga Church in Bruges and is professor of organ and harpsichord at the Conservatory of Brussels. He has played numerous international concerts as soloist and continuo-player and is currently invited to conduct various choirs, baroque and symphonic orchestras. In 2017 he made his intercontinental debut conducting diverse orchestras in South America. He is founder and director of the ensemble Capriola di Gioia and the orchestra and choir BachPlus.

    Guest Artists

    Sebastian Comberti, cello

    Sebastian Comberti plays Principal cello with the London Mozart Players, and as guest with many of the UK’s chamber and period instrument ensembles. As soloist, and a member of chamber groups including Trio Goya and Divertimenti he has recorded several cds for CRD, EMI, Harmonia Mundi, Hyperion, Meridian, RCA, CPO and Cello Classics.

    Josephine Rose Robbins, double bass

    Josephine Rose Jobbins is a fourth year undergraduate double bassist studying at the Royal Academy of Music. Born in Wiltshire, England, Josie began as a violinist, and then in later years found a passion for the double bass. She studied at Wells Cathedral School as a specialist musician with David Heyes. At the Royal Academy, she studies with Graham Mitchell, Dominic Seldis, Tom Goodman and Cecelia Bruggemeyer. As a member of the bass department, she is involved with the Academy’s various orchestral projects and ensembles (both modern and baroque) throughout London. She has enjoyed many master classes with players such as Matthew McDonald, Božo Paradžik, Joel Quarrington, Rick Stotjin, Alexandra Scott, Dan Styffe, Teppo Hauta-aho and Maxim Vengerov. Josie has been awarded a full scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music for her Masters degree. Josie is privileged to have pieces composed for her by Sadie Harrison and Teppo Hauta-aho.

    Schedule of Events

    11.00 - 13.00Junior masterclasses with Roel Dieltiens - Vivaldi Sonatas (including ABRSM grades 6-8 syllabus works)
    14.15 - 16.15Vivaldi in the Concert Hall with Roel Dieltiens - masterclasses for music college students
    17.00 - 17.40Royal Academy of Music String Soloists in Concert (Free of charge to all ticket holders. There will be a £5 charge to attend only this event)
    19.00 - 20.15The Cello Sonatas of Antonio Vivaldi featuring Roel Dieltiens & Ensemble Explorations, with guest artists Sebastian Comberti, cello and Josephine Rose Jobbins, double bass.

    Ticket Prices

    All-Day Masterclasses: £12.00 / £10.00* (Adult) Individual Classes: £7.50 / £6.00* (Adult) Evening Concert: £12.50 / £10.00* (Adult) All-Day Masterclasses: £6.00 / £5.00* (Student) Individual Classes: £5.00 / £4.00* (Student) Evening Concert: £6.00 / £5.00* (Student) *LCS and Cello Club Members RAM students free entry to all events with ID card.
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    19/11/20173:00 PM / 5:00 PM

    Remembering Keith Harvey

    St John’s Wood Church
    St John’s Wood Church, London NW8
    With Sebastian Comberti, Selma Gokcen, Andrew McGee, Susan Sheppard, Raphael Wallfisch, John York and board members of the London Cello Society. Remembering Keith Harvey celebrates the life and work of our co-founder and chief inspiration for the London Cello Society. As one of the fathers of English cello playing, his encyclopaedic knowledge of the cello and cellists, his association with the leading figures of his time and his exquisite musical sensibilities made him one-of-a-kind. Keith Harvey will be remembered on this occasion by his close friends and associates, who will share music, stories and some of his remarkable discography. We invite you to join us as we honour our colleague and great friend to the Society. No tickets will be sold for this event but kindly book your place/s by clicking the 'Book Event' button above. Suggested donation on the door is £15 for adults and £5 for students.

    Schedule for the Day

    Remembering Keith: An overview of his life with Andrew McGee
    Keith Harvey: The Recorded Legacy with Sebastian Comberti
    Edward Elgar – Sospiri, op 70 (arranged by Klengel)
    Johannes Brahms – ‘Sonatensatz’ (arranged by Forbes)
    Raphael Wallfisch, cello John York, piano
    Alfredo Piatti – Serenade
    Raphael Wallfisch, cello Sebastian Comberti, cello John York, piano
    Keith Harvey, an Exceptional Man with Raphael Wallfisch
    Élégie by Gabriel Fauré with Selma Gokcen
    In closing with Susan Sheppard
    A tribute performance with board members of the London Cello Society
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