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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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  • Maya Beiser: New York Cello

    10 Feb

    Maya Beiser: New York Cello

    American cellist and producer Maya Beiser performs works written for her, including Steve Reich’s scintillating Cello Counterpoint, and Golijov’s multi-layered Mariel...
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  • Gautier Capuçon & Frank Braley: Colours of a New Century

    15 Mar

    Gautier Capuçon & Frank Braley: Colours of a New Century

    Gifted young artist Gautier Capuçon and pianist Frank Braley pay homage to the legendary recitals of Rostropovich and Britten...
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  • English Chamber Orchestra & Nicolas Altstaedt: Haydn Cello Concerto No.1

    19 May

    English Chamber Orchestra & 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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Natalie Haas & Alasdair Fraser: Folk Cello

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 - 8:00pm / Hall Two

Sizzlingly-talented young Californian cellist Natalie Haas and Alasdair Fraser, long regarded as Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador, have been reviving the Scottish tradition of playing dance music on violin and cello for over 12 years.

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