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  • Zoë Keating: One Cello x 16

    25 Sep

    Zoë Keating: One Cello x 16

    Groundbreaking composer and performer Zoë Keating creates a universe of music with a cello, a laptop computer and her own boundless imagination...
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  • Christoph Richter & Dénes Varjón – Schumann: A Haunted Legacy

    19 Oct

    Christoph Richter & Dénes Varjón – Schumann: A Haunted Legacy

    A rapt narrative is weaved around Schumann’s ecstatic Adagio and Allegro, Clara’s own tender Romances and the intimate lieder of Brahms...
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  • Matthew Barley with O/Modernt: Indian Inflections

    20 Oct

    Matthew Barley with O/Modernt: Indian Inflections

    Cellist Matthew Barley teams up with master tabla player Sukhwinder Singh, Soumik Datta on sarod and violinist Hugo Ticciati to explore Western and Indian works...
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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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  • Christophe Coin: Italians in London

    23 Nov

    Christophe Coin: Italians in London

    Christophe Coin, soprano Ailish Tynan and pianist Maggie Cole provide a rare glimpse into London’s chamber music life in the 18th and 19th centuries...
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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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The Cello Makers with John Dilworth and Mats Lidström

Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - 6:30pm /

Leading Swedish cellist Mats Lidström reveals the special qualities of the great cellos of the Royal Academy of Music collection through music spanning three centuries, with commentary from renowned maker and instrument expert John Dilworth.

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