cellos, chit chat and chiff chaffs

cellos, chit chat and chiff chaffs

The lusty birdsong chirruping from flowering hedgerows and hawthorns in the gardens of Belle Serre is most beguiling. It’s that time of year again when the urge to venture outdoors with bow and cello and join in the chit chat with the chiff chaffs just grabs you, and I’m reminded of those wonderful early recordings by the BBC capturing the celebrated cellist Beatrice Harrison duetting with the nightingales in her garden. They took their time…

Cellos at Belle Serre essentials: cello, bow…..and shades

Cellos at Belle Serre essentials: cello, bow…..and shades

With the wealth of cello ensemble music available these days, it’s a happy task choosing repertoire for each of the three Cellos at Belle Serre courses this summer. Last year’s superb Casino Royale arrangement for eight cellos by James Barralet took us all, and our audiences, by storm. So, this year, Week 3’s advanced course cellists are taking on a mission which I hope won’t be impossible at all, James’s version of the Mission Impossible…