“A brilliant day!” was just one of the very positive messages I received after an intensive and very happy cello day in Cambridge last weekend. Fifteen of us met up for cello ensembles and a technical workout in the morning, followed by an afternoon master class in which four players performed a wide variety of repertoire (some of it new to many of us, including a delightful piece by Arensky and a little known concerto by John Garth), and we rounded off our day revisiting the cello ensembles and giving an informal playthrough performance to family and friends. “I’m finding your ‘crab-walk’ scales completely fascinating!” wrote one player to me about our work on ways to practise technique and exercises imaginatively, and “I learnt a lot and you were very positive with us all!” wrote another.
My thanks to the CAMS Music Trust for inviting us to meet in Cambridge. I look forward to the next one – dates to follow shortly. Meanwhile, I will be holding our second Hampstead Cello Day at the Free Church in Hampstead Garden Suburb on Saturday October 14th 2017, and a Winchester Cello Day on Saturday November 18th 2017.
Full details to follow on this blog and please do contact me via this website if you are interested in participating in future cello days.