Calling all music lovers! Come and enjoy some winter sun and a fabulous festival in Tenerife in February 2019

Calling all music lovers! Come and enjoy some winter sun and a fabulous festival in Tenerife in February 2019

I have been invited by the Artistic Director, Judith Choi Castro to participate once again in the International Chamber Music Festival and Academy of Music, Tenerife in February 2019. I will be attending the Augustin Aponte International Music Competition as a member of the competition jury from 17-20 February, and from February 21-24 I will be offering cello lessons and chamber music tuition to players of all levels. The festival promises to be a fine opportunity to immerse…

Another super cello day in Hampstead!

Another super cello day in Hampstead!

Bravo! and thank you to everyone who participated in the Hampstead Cello Day in the beautiful and welcoming surroundings of the Free Church in Hampstead Garden Suburb earlier this month.   Eighteen of us spent the morning exploring cello ensemble repertoire by Bach, Morales, Gritton and Purcell, and four cellists performed works by Schumann, Brahms and Bach with our superb pianist Siobhain O’Higgins in the afternoon master class. The next Hampstead Cello Day will take…

What a wonderful summer at Belle Serre!

What a wonderful summer at Belle Serre!

  Another summer full of magic moments at Belle Serre, lots of hard work, two wonderful concerts, new friendships forged and old ones renewed, barrels and barrels of laughter and of course, local wines – all fuelled by Bob and Rob’s amazing meals. A huge thank you to all the cellists, tutors, cooks and helpers who took part in Cellos at Belle Serre this summer and made it a memorable fortnight of music-making!!   Two…

Gearing up for the off! Our first week of Cellos at Belle Serre Summer 2018 is about to begin  – and not just one, but two! end of course concerts coming up in Castres. Come and support us!

Gearing up for the off! Our first week of Cellos at Belle Serre Summer 2018 is about to begin – and not just one, but two! end of course concerts coming up in Castres. Come and support us!

Chers amis, VENEZ NOMBREUX! Violoncelles à Belle Serre CONCERTS DE VIOLONCELLES Mardi 17 juillet 18:00 avec Judith Choi Castro, violon, Willemijn Knödler et Susan Urbita, violoncelle Camille Galinier, piano Vendredi 27 juillet 18:00 avec Mark Lacey, clarinette, Andrew Wilson-Dickson, piano et Florian Belbeoch, violoncelle A l’auditorium du Conservatoire de Musique et de Danse du Tarn, 12 bd Mendès-France, 81100 Castres Les concerts clôturent les stages intensifs de violoncelle à Belle Serre dirigés par la soliste…

Autumn 2018 Cello Day in London, bookings now open!

Autumn 2018 Cello Day in London, bookings now open!

 Autumn 2018 Cello Day in Hampstead, North London – bookings are now open! The Belle Serre summer cello courses are fast approaching and I’m looking forward to two weeks of study and sun with cellists and tutors from many parts of the globe. In addition to the summer weeks, I’ll be holding another cello workshop and master class in the impressive Free Church in Hampstead, North London this autumn. Its beautiful acoustics and warm ambiance…

A terrific music week in Tenerife

A terrific music week in Tenerife

  What a privilege to be a part of a great team of musicians at the International Chamber Music Festival and Academy of Music in Tenerife last week. Huge thanks to the director, violinist Judith Choi Castro for a superb series of concerts and for her brilliant and unflappable organisation of this very happy and successful festival and competition.   We’ll be seeing Judith again later this year when she returns as one of our…

Just a couple of places left for a fabulous cello holiday in sunny S.W. France

Just a couple of places left for a fabulous cello holiday in sunny S.W. France

The two summer courses at Belle Serre are almost fully booked but there are still a couple of places left for a wonderful week of intensive, hard-working study in a non-competitive and supportive atmosphere. Come on down to South West France for a cello holiday of a lifetime! The two courses are for intermediate level players and for more experienced cellists: for amateurs, students, teachers and performers – if you’re not sure which course to…

Cellos at Belle Serre 2018 courses and master class news – just a few places left!

Cellos at Belle Serre 2018 courses and master class news – just a few places left!

Happy New Year from all of us at Cellos at Belle Serre. We wish you a very happy and successful year ahead, full of joyful music-making. We’re gearing up here for the July 2018 courses and if you’re planning on joining us for one of the summer weeks, please contact me or complete the online booking form as soon as possible – there are just a few places left! We have a great team of…

Summer 2018 dates for your diary – bookings will be open in mid-November

Summer 2018 dates for your diary – bookings will be open in mid-November

Come on down to sunny Castres in SW France and enjoy one of our fabulous cello courses at Belle Serre next summer. Bookings will open on this site in mid-November. Watch this space! The dates are: Summer Week 1: Wednesday 11 – Wednesday 18 July 2018              (Week 1 is for intermediate level up to advanced level cellists) Summer Week 2: Saturday 21 – Saturday 28 July 2018    …

Calling all music lovers – come and enjoy some winter sun, chamber concerts and tuition in Tenerife!

Calling all music lovers – come and enjoy some winter sun, chamber concerts and tuition in Tenerife!

I have been invited by the Artistic Director, Judith Choi Castro to participate in the International Chamber Music Festival and Academy of Music, Tenerife in February 2018. I will be attending the Augustìn Ponte International Music Competition as a member of the competition jury from 10-13 February, and from February 14-18 I will be giving cello and chamber music tuition and also offering coaching for cellists wishing to play in sessions for cello ensemble. The festival promises…