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  • Cello Unwrapped

    Throughout 2017

    Cello Unwrapped

    Over 40 concerts, insight events and workshops exploring the cello through Baroque, Classical, Romantic, contemporary, folk, jazz, electronica and beyond...
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  • David Watkin directs: Bach, Purcell, Handel

    22 Apr

    David Watkin directs: Bach, Purcell, Handel

    David Watkin, soprano Julia Doyle, baroque cellist Alison McGillivray and soloists from the OAE Experience explore the role of the continuo in sacred and secular music.
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  • Guy Johnston & Joan Rodgers – Oxford Lieder

    12 May

    Guy Johnston & Joan Rodgers – Oxford Lieder

    Often compared to a human voice, the cello is a natural partner in song. Cellist Guy Johnston is joined by soprano Joan Rodgers in a Russian-themed programme.
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  • ECO & Nicolas Altstaedt: Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1

    19 May

    ECO & Nicolas Altstaedt: Haydn Cello Concerto No. 1

    Compelling young Franco-German cellist Nicolas Altstaedt performs Haydn’s dazzling First Concerto with the English Chamber Orchestra...
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  • Natalie Clein: Bach Through Time

    2 Nov

    Natalie Clein: Bach Through Time

    ‘Mesmerising’ cellist Natalie Clein presents the fourth and fifth cello suites alongside 20th century reflections by Bloch and Kurtág...
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The ninth edition of our now award-winning Unwrapped series features more than 30 great cellists, from legendary masters Christophe Coin, Pieter Wispelwey, Raphael Wallfisch, Antonio Meneses and Christoph Richter, exciting talents like Gautier Capuçon, Nicolas Altstaedt, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Alban Gerhardt and Leonard Elschenbroich, ‘alternative’ cellists Zoe Keating, Ernst Reijseger and Maya Beiser, to our youngest artist, winner of BBC Young Musician of the Year, Sheku Kanneh-Mason.

Cello Unwrapped takes us on a journey from the instrument’s earliest beginnings through the prism of Bach’s mind, the dazzling concerti of Vivaldi, Boccherini, CPE Bach and Haydn to its Romantic heartland and into the ground-breaking, visionary works of the 20th and 21st century. But that’s only one stream of the cello’s story: we present the instrument in new and unusual contexts, with world-class singers, with choirs – and cello choir – with Indian musicians, tango band, folk duo, jazz ensemble, Spanish guitar, in its continuo role, with electronics, prepared piano, multi-tracked, improvised, distorted, amplified, cello in ways you’ve never heard it before.

The exceptional creativity of our cellists has inspired so much of this series, we hope you’ll follow them, to the New York loft of Arthur Russell’s Tower of Meaning, presented by Oliver Coates and the London Contemporary Orchestra, to Nicolas Altstaedt’s new work with Hauschka, Lost, from the tour de force that is Kodály’s Sonata to Messiaens ecstatic meditation, from solo Bach to the soulful blues of Ayanna Witter-Johnson.

‘The more I hear in [Hall Ones] adaptable surroundings, the more I’m inclined to think it may be London’s best classical venue. Which is good, given how many delectable programmes lie ahead in Cello Unwrapped’s year-long box of unearthly delights.’ ★★★★★ David Nice, The Arts Desk

‘The acoustics of Hall One at Kings Place – among the best of any London concert hall – are particularly sympathetic to the cello. The year-long extravaganza, Cello Unwrapped, curated by Helen Wallace, takes place therefore in the ideal venue.’ Barry Millington, ★★★★ Evening Standard

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London Sinfonietta’s Tim Gill: Avant Cello

Saturday, 6 May 2017 - 7:30pm / Hall One

For Elgar, Shostakovich and Britten the cello was a voice of heroism and lament. But how did other 20th and 21st century composers hear it? London Sinfonietta’s principal cellist Tim Gill presents a survey of pioneering cello repertoire though the 20th and 21st centuries.

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Barnabás Kelemen & Natalie Clein with Katya Apekisheva: Duo Dances

Sunday, 7 May 2017 - 6:30pm / Hall One

Hungarian virtuoso Barnabás Kelemen joins Natalie Clein in the two greatest duos of the 20th century: Kodály’s wildly expressive rhapsody, driven by an earthy energy and dance rhythms, and Ravel’s own duo, which bears the scars of his wartime experience.

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SOLD OUT – Sheku Kanneh-Mason: BBC Young Musician 2016

Wednesday, 4 October 2017 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Sheku Kanneh-Mason shot to fame in May 2016 when he won BBC Young Musician with a riveting performance of Shostakovich’s first cello concerto. His pianist sister, Isata Kanneh-Mason, joins him for this special recital.

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Christoph Richter & Dénes Várjon – Schumann: A Haunted Legacy

Thursday, 19 October 2017 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Christoph Richter and Dénes Várjon weave a rapt narrative around the relationships between Johannes Brahms, Clara Schumann and Robert Schumann.

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Rafael Aguirre & Nadège Rochat: La vida breve

Friday, 27 October 2017 - 7:30pm / Hall One

Exciting young Swiss cellist Nadège Rochat teams up with renowned classical guitarist Rafael Aguirre for an evening exploring the works of Spanish greats de Falla, Granados, Albeniz and Cassadó, with inflections from Piazzolla, Ravel, Lara and Gardel.

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Natalie Clein: Bach Through Time – Concert II

Thursday, 2 November 2017 - 8:00pm / Hall One

In the second of our Bach Through Time recitals, Natalie Clein presents the fourth and fifth suites alongside 20th century reflections. ‘a mesmerising cellist’ The Times

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Paul & Huw Watkins – First World War: Channel Crossings

Sunday, 19 November 2017 - 6:30pm / Hall One

During the First World War, a new music was emerging on both sides of the channel. In this concert Paul Watkins and his brother Huw explore the cello sonatas of Delius, Bridge, Webern and Fauré, alongside pieces by Scott and Nadia Boulanger. With readings from the composer’s letters and poetry of the time.

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Pieter Wispelwey: Bach Through Time – Concert III

Friday, 8 December 2017 - 8:00pm / Hall One

In the final part of Bach Through Time, Pieter Wispelwey begins at the beginning with the serene first suite in G major, accompanied by Britten’s final suite for Rostropovich, Ligeti’s distilled early solo sonata and the outpouring of joy which is Bach’s third Suite.

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