Cello courses

C E L L O   E V E N T S  &  C O U R S E S

Welcome to our Cello Events and Courses page, for an insight into some of the wonderful experiences available to cellists this year.  If you are running a course or event and would like to publish details here, just email up to 250 words to us and we’ll publish the material here.


GO CELLO! 13-15 APRIL 2018

Go Cello! offers a rich programme of workshops for junior and senior students, taught by an inspiring faculty of teachers from conservatoires and music schools right across the UK.  The festival culminates in a concert at the National Maritime Museum.  We warmly recommend this exciting musical opportunity for young players.  The deadline for applications is 1 March so do pass on the word if you think your students would like to take part (Grades 1-8/Diploma).  On Saturday 14th April there is also a one-day pedagogy course ‘Teaching the Young Cellist’ for 30 cello teachers and student trainees at which Robin will be giving a short talk on sound adjustment.  For more information about the festival and booking a place: https://www.londoncellos.org/gocello/

We’re delighted to be Luthiers in Residence at Go Cello! a national festival for young cellists (aged up to 18) which is being run by the wonderful London Cello Society and hosted by Trinity Laban Conservatoire and the National Maritime Museum.  We are offering cello surgery sessions throughout the weekend during which festival participants can consult Robin about their set up.  All visitors to Trinity Laban are most welcome to book an appointment to try a selection of Stradivari, Montagnana and Guadagnini copies by Robin.  Our stock of bows can also be booked for trial that weekend.

To book an appointment on 12 or 13 April, please email info@aitchisoncellos.com or telephone 01353 668559.  We will be resident in rooms G67 and G73 throughout the festival, which are close to café and reception area and they will be clearly signposted from reception.  All visitors to the festival are warmly welcome to the festival site (you’ll just need to sign in as a visitor at reception in King Charles Court.)  Saturday appointment times (30 minutes) ar available 9 – 10.30am; 11.15am – 12.15pm; 2 – 3.30pm; 4.15 – 6.30pm.  Sunday appointment times are available from 9am to 12  noon.

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Week 1
Wednesday 11 July – Wednesday 18 July
for intermediate up to advanced level cellists

Week 2
Saturday 21 July – Saturday 28 July
for advanced cellists

Cellos at Belle Serre is an international cello course based in the south of France, hosted by Lowri Blake. The courses are open to players of all ages and abilities – amateur, students and professionals – all linked by their passion for cello-playing.  Cellos at Belle Serre offers intensive tuition in a holiday setting. It is ideal for all cellists looking to immerse themselves in cello-playing in a friendly, informal atmosphere.

This year, two week-long summer courses are being held in July. These are cello-holidays where you will be surrounded by cello enthusiasts, and have the opportunity to develop your solo skills and ensemble playing.

In addition, Belle Serre is open all year round to individuals, duos and chamber music groups, looking to spend a few days of intensive coaching with Lowri Blake.

Feel free to browse the site for further information, and check out the blog for recent updates.




Sunday 5 August – Saturday 11 August 2018

Explore string chamber music repertoire with guidance from excellent tutors. You will be immersed in music making but also have time to relax in this idyllic retreat in SW France.

Tutors: Paul Barritt and Josephine Horder

We are delighted to welcome Paul Barritt and Josephine Horder to Cubertou in 2018. Both have highly distinguished performing careers and also enjoy coaching amateurs. As well as being a concert cellist Josephine is a Feldenkrais Practitioner and we are very pleased to be able to include daily Feldenkrais sessions with this course.


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