Cellists launch coffee concert season

Eight cellists from the Hallé Orchestra are performing as an ensemble at Spring Bank Arts in New Mills this month. 

Exotic and colourful music by the Brazilian composer Villa-Lobos will be one of the main works in the concert on March 15. 

Inspired by the music of Bach, his Bachianas Brasileiras No.1 is a tour de force for all the cellists and shows the instrument in all its power as a lyrical and expressive voice, and at the same time able to produce the lively and pulsating rhythms of the composer’s native Brazil. 

Keeping with the Latin theme the programme will also include a bossa-nova composed originally for the Berlin Philharmonic cellists by the German composer and horn player Wilhelm Kaiser-Lindemann. 

Another recently composed piece, Violoncelles Vibrez! by the innovative Italian cellist Giovanni Sollima highlights the flexibility of the ensemble by creating a texture with six accompanying cellists supporting two soloists in a highly virtuosic role.

The performance is part of the exciting 2020 Coffee Concert series featuring members of the Hallé. 

Cello ensemble repertoire demands the most exhilarating virtuosity from all the players and is a real celebration of the instrument and the huge range of sonority it can produce.

On April 19 you can hear the Hallé’s youngest principal player, Sergio Castello Lopez and friends performing the beautiful, autumnal work by Brahms – his clarinet quintet. 

Schubert’s Quartettsatz – a single movement work for string quartet – will also be performed, and Sergio will bring a different mood and character to the programme with Stravinsky’s three pieces for solo clarinet.

On May 17, as part of the annual piano weekend Caroline Pether (violin), Dale Culliford (cello)and Paul Janes (piano) will celebrate the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth with his grandest and most eloquent piano trio – the great Archduke trio opus 97. 

To open the concert they will perform three Miniatures by Frank Bridge – delightful and intimate short pieces providing a lovely contrast to the Beethoven.

All concerts start at 11.30am, with coffee and cake served from 11am.

A season ticket for the series is £38 while individual tickets are £15 inclusive of coffee and cake.