Special event to mark the Stradivari Trust legacy

We are delighted to announce a very special event being hosted by the London Cello Society to celebrate the Fine Instrument Collections of two charities, The Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain and the Stradivari Trust.


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For nearly 40 years, The Stradivari Trust has been helping world-class musicians to buy their own fine instruments through its unique system of syndicated instrument schemes. Indeed, many of you are or have been involved with these schemes yourselves. Several Stradivari Trust ‘alumni’ will perform during the evening. Tickets are available from the London Cello Society website.

Since 1738, The Royal Society has supported musicians in need. The charity also assists some outstanding musicians by the loan of stringed instruments.

This programme celebrates Mendelssohn’s close association with the royal family in Britain, and includes an innovative arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations, performed at Bernard Greenhouse’s 90th birthday celebration in 2005. The evening finishes with a chorus of cellists performing in ensemble.

4.45pm Pre-concert talk (30 minutes) by Justin Pearson ARAM, Managing Director and Artistic Director, National Symphony Orchestra (UK). “Instruments from the Collections” – their provenance. Includes live performances

6.00pm Concert
Mendelssohn – Cello Sonata no. 2 in D major, Opus 58
Guy Johnston, cello | Mishka Rushdie-Momen, piano

Tchaikovsky – Rococo Variations for 4 solo cellists (arr. Douglas Moore)
Ben Hughes | Brian O’Kane | Kate Gould | Ben Tarlton

Tribute to Nigel Brown OBE, founder of the Stradivari Trust

Mendelssohn – Octet, in E-flat major, Op. 20 (2 movements)
Sacconi Quartet, including Levon Chilingirian, Alicja Śmietana, Bartholomew LaFollette

Sollima – “March” for cello quartet
Wagner – Cello Octet
Klengel – Hymnus for 12 cellos

Tickets are available from the London Cello Society website
£35 | £25 Reductions for LCS members and students
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