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.


 London Master Classes Summer Master Course 2017
 16th – 23rd July 2017

“On tour” in Manchester at the Royal Northern College of Music
featuring master classes with
Jennifer Larmore
Gyorgy Pauk
Hannah Roberts
Norma Fisher
Benjamin Zander


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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…


Encore Music Projects 4th International Summer School

Wells Cathedral School, Somerset, England
from 17th July to 29th July 2017
Olena Shvetsova – Director
Email: info@encoremusicprojects.com
Telephone: +44 (0) 7886 355952

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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

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Mon 31 July – Fri 4 August 2017
Tutors: William Bruce, Daniel Swain
This course will appeal to both student and adult cellists with a minimum standard of Grade 8. In addition to the core curriculum of the Christopher Bunting Portfolio exercises we will be covering a keynote presentations
on The Musician as an Athlete, a study of the relationships between the learning and training processes of elite athletes and cellists from a mental and physical view, the role of the journey of the note through a piece (with
a little enlightenment from a Theremin), performance classes, preparation techniques including subliminal practising, lots of cello gadgets and much more. Presented in a lighthearted style and regularly interspersed with delightful cello ensembles from one of the largest collections in the country. Resident: £490 Non-Resident: £385 Code: 17/404
Benslow Music, Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB
+44 (0)1462 459446

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Directed by William Bruce (Head of Strings, Junior Guildhall & founder of Cello Club). The course brings students across the UK to a friendly and inspiring week of  Cello Classes with leading professional cellists:

Masterclasses with Jo Cole (Head of Strings at the Royal Academy of Music) – Repertoire – Technique –  Exams – Performing – Alexander Technique – And much much more!!

Cello Club members receive a 5% discount off the course fees!

Ability: Grade 5 – Diploma   Ages: 12 – 21

No. of places: approx. 36    Residents & non-residents

Course fee: £410

Places are being booked up quickly!

http://www.hindheadmusiccentre.co.uk/summer.asp  Contact: Oliver Mansfield Director of Cello Club, London Cello Society

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Mon 30 October – Thu 2 November 2017
Tutor: Jenny Curtis
Jenny Curtis again leads cellists in works transcribed or originally written for cellos in anything from three to eight parts. There’ll be the usual gentle encouragement and enjoyment, and we’ll work hard together in order to improve technique and gain insight into issues of interpretation. We’ll tell you about any music that we’d like you to study in advance, and we advise you to apply as early as possible so that you arrive well prepared.
Resident: £400 Non-Resident: £305 Code: 17/354
Benslow Music, Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB
+44 (0)1462 459446

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Fri 15 – Sun 17 September 2017
Tutor: Jenny Curtis
Here is an opportunity to work together on one of the most important pieces written for cello ensemble. The Bachianas Brasileiras No 1 is a wonderfully rich piece written for 8 separate parts which we will do as a cello orchestra so there will be plenty of support on all parts. The music will be sent out 8 weeks before the course. Although it is a challenging piece we will work through it in a steady and stress free way to help you all feel confident and by the end of the weekend. I’m sure everyone will be exhilarated and proud of their contribution to playing this exciting piece.
Resident: £280 Non-Resident: £205 Code: 17/287
Benslow Music, Benslow Lane, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4 9RB
+44 (0)1462 459446

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