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 for no charge.


 Expressing who you are

An evening of movement, stillness, music & conversation for women

Friday 21st April 2017, 6.30-8.30pm

Cass Centre, Cambridge, CB2 8BS

How do we express our authentic selves through our bodies?

We will imagine, move, reflect and rest, listening to the stories of our sensations

With Elaine Westwick, Abby Wollston (cello)  & Jan Lee (piano/flute)

Cross-generational conversations encouraged – bring your daughter or your mother! Over 12’s only please

£12/8 in advance, £15/10 on the night

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 A fundraising concert for refugees…

 26th April 2017

22 Mansfield St, Marylebone, London W1G 9NR


7pm drinks and silent auction item viewings

£25 includes drinks & canapés

 Guy Johnston (BBC Young Musician of the Year winner)
Tim Walden (Principal cello Philharmonia Orchestra)
Maria Zachariadou (Philharmonia Orchestra member)
Daniel Gardner (London Symphony Orchestra)
Eve-Marie Caravassilis (London Symphony Orchestra )
Jane Fenton (Founding member Guildhall String Ensemble)
Auriol Evans (Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra)
Joely Koos (Cello professor Trinity Conservatoire)
Victoria Harrild (Cellist Eschenburg Trio)
Ashok Klouda (Founder Highgate Chamber Music Festival)
Louise McMonagle (Cellist Ensemble Amorpha)
Desmond Neysmith (Founder Cellos for Peace)

 For more information contact: desmondneysmith@hotmail.com

Aitchison & Mnatzaganian Cello Specialists are very pleased to donate a voucher worth £570 for a new bridge and soundpost to the silent auction. We hope that our customers and friends will agree that this event is raising money for a very worthy cause, and that they will bid generously for the many lots on offer.

To see more information about the concert and to view the lots at the silent auction please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/250673592064886/ and https://www.facebook.com/cellos4peace/



The Aboyne Cello Festival, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

23rd – 30th July 2017

This is a cello course for conservatoire students, teenagers and adult amateurs grade 6 and above, with some coaching for youngsters below grade 6.  It attracts participants from all over the UK and abroad and offers cello orchestra and chamber music with a full schedule of masterclasses with plenty of individual attention from Philip Higham, Rebecca Gilliver, Kim Vaughan and James Halsey and six fantastic concerts by the tutors, The Bingham String Quartet, The Aboyne Young Artist and participants.   The series of concerts culminates in the Giant Cello Ensemble which includes all course participants (upwards of 30 cellos) in specially arranged works which have in the past included wonderful cello concerti, The Nutcracker Suite, VW Fantasia, Brahms’ Academic Festival and Rossini’s William Tell Overtures, Pirates of the Caribbean etc…

Accommodation for students is hosted by local families, and this friendly Scottish hospitality in beautiful surroundings adds to the enjoyment and sense of community on the course.  There will also be sessions by Educational Kinesiologist, Linda Cunningham, focussing on brain performance and nerves during the course.  The cost is £420 for the week.

Please have a look at the website, www.aboynecellos.co.uk, for lots more details about the course and for leaflets and on line application and bear in mind that student transport can be arranged from Portsmouth, London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow…


City of Hull International Cello Competition 29–30 July 2017

Cellist Dr David Chew is organising an international cello competition to celebrate Hull as the UK City of Culture 2017.  The competition takes place from 29–30 July at the newly refurbished Middleton Hall at the University of Hull, with a winner’s concert on 30 July.   The competition will be followed by a three-day cello encounter when all participants and international guest artists will integrate through free masterclasses and recitals, culminating in a final charity gala concert to be held at the Middleton Hall on 2 August.

More information, application forms and special repertoire can be downloaded at www.riocello.com.  Please direct all other enquiries to: Sarah Colley, 01482 465683; email: culture@hull.ac.uk