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…

“A week in paradise!” What our cellists say about the summer courses at Belle Serre…

“A week in paradise!” What our cellists say about the summer courses at Belle Serre…

  With just a few months to go before the summer courses start at Belle Serre, planning for each of the three weeks is in full swing. Some of our cellists are newcomers to the courses, while some return every year for another week of intensive cello study, a cello holiday with a difference amongst players from all over the world united by a passion for playing the cello. Here’s what some of our guests…

Cello courses with a unique chamber music opportunity

Cello courses with a unique chamber music opportunity

One of the unique features of the Cellos at Belle Serre summer courses is the opportunity for each student cellist to play trio chamber music coached by the professionals, with both the violinist and pianist playing within the group. This allows every cellist, whatever their own technical level and experience playing with others, (from those with almost no previous chamber music experience to advanced students and professional cellists tackling the giants of the trio repertoire),…

Have cello, will travel: our first Cellos at Belle Serre Abroad!

Have cello, will travel: our first Cellos at Belle Serre Abroad!

    Our very first Cellos at Belle Serre Abroad mini course held at the end of November was a resounding success. Belle Serre in Amsterdam was superbly hosted by cellist Willemijn Knödler; we had three days of cello lessons (what a treat for me to teach a great ‘bundle’ of Beethoven, Bach, Ligeti and Garth) and practice in great company, relaxing over delicious meals cooked by Willemijn, and of course, seeing some of the beautiful…

Cello courses in the sunny south…

Cello courses in the sunny south…

  The season of mellow fruitfulness is upon us, and it’s time to announce the seventh season of mellow cellos at Belle Serre. Our three cello courses in July 2016 are full of southern promise and summer sun: intensive study in a house party atmosphere, offering a unique experience in an idyllic setting. Full details and booking forms on our site  plus regular news updates here on busyline. See you next summer!