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Easter Course
-13 April 2024

The Faculty

Jonathan Aasgaard, Principal Cello, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Cello Professor Guildhall School of Music and Drama; Adrian Brendel, is an international soloist with many collaborations, is Artistic Director of the Plush Festival and is Cello Professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Martin Johnson, Principal Cello RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Dublin and Cello Professor at the Royal Irish Academy of Music; Tim Lowe, Guest Principal Cello to many UK orchestras and Cello Professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama; Matt Lowe previously with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and was Director of Music at Bradfield College, now combining a coaching, teaching and performing career based in Belfast; Sue Lowe previously Assistant Professor at the Royal College of Music, was Cello tutor in University Music Departments (Cambridge, Oxford, Durham, Leeds, Hull, York) and for many years taught at Chetham's School of Music and Eton College.

An outstanding feature of the course, is the exceptional quality of the pianists. We are delighted to welcome back JP Ekins who is well known for his skills as a duo partner and is currrently working at Guildhall School of Music and Drama; Stephen Gutman is recitalist based at Guildhall School of Music and Drama; John Lenehan is much recorded pianist, composer and long-term duo partner with Emma Johnson and Tamsin Little.

This course is particularly special because the management team are more dedicated to the students than anywhere else in the whole music industry. The personalised programme ensured I made the most of this wonderful week and was hugely informative in both the short term and long term. I felt embraced by the course both the staff and my fellow students, all sharing the aim of improving my playing but more than that my wider life too. Thank you, Cello Gathering. A truely great week!
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