Virtual Cello Weekend

After the success of our Virtual Violin Weekend, LCCE is excited to announce  an online two-day mini cello course on 18th and 19th February. We have invited several highly experienced professional cellists and teachers to deliver this short intensive course. During the two days, participants will be able to learn a variety of techniques and new concepts to improve their playing, as well as be exposed to new repertoires which we hope they will enjoy.

The participants will join three 45 minutes workshops each day, hosted by a different tutor covering a separate topic. Towards the end of each day, there will be a 60 minutes masterclass, where we will invite one participant to demonstrate and refine his or her playing with the tutor while everybody else observes and asks questions. During the course, there will also be one 45 minutes one-to-one session when each participant will have the opportunity to work with individual tutors.

Topics for our workshops are:

Vibrato, Shifting, Double Stops, Scales, Studies and Practising Tips, Baroque Music, and Sound Production for Different Periods and Styles.

We welcome anyone with a playing standard equal to or above ABRSM Grade 5 to apply. If you are interested in demonstration in the masterclass, please also send your repertoire to us separately (and video of playing if possible). The maximum number of participants is 15. As the space is very limited, please apply early to avoid disappointment. The fee for this course is £60.

Details of daily schedules will be confirmed shortly.


Carina Drury

Carina is an active professional cello soloist, chamber musician and continuo player, having played in various prestigious venues across the world. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Carina is particularly interested in Baroque and early music, having toured as principal cello with the European Union Baroque Orchestra, and now regularly plays as principal guest cellist with historical ensembles in the UK and Ireland. Most recently, she released her album Irlandiani, exploring the influence of Irish traditional music on Italian baroque composers living in Ireland at the time.

 Laura Dodds 

Laura Dodds graduated with a first class degree in music performance from the University of Leeds, during which she spent a year studying the cello in Frankfurt’s Hochschule fur Musik und Darstellende Kunst. She has performed as a classical soloist, chamber and orchestral musician for many years, and has a wide amount of teaching experience. She currently teaches privately, as well as at Highgate School, Channing School and Dame Alice Owen’s School, where she teaches individual and group cello lessons, as well as coaching cello and string ensembles of all ages and standards.

Lionel Handy

Lionel is one of the outstanding cellists of his generation. He is a professor at the Royal Academy of Music and taught at the Birmingham Conservatoire in addition to summer schools in Europe.

Lionel was principal cello with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields for ten years with whom he recorded extensively and toured in the United States and Europe. Later he was solo cellist with the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, He has broadcast frequently for BBC Radio Three and European networks and has made numerous commercial recordings. He has given solo recitals at the Wigmore Hall.

Anna Beryl

Anna Beryl graduated from the Royal Academy of Music and the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, USA. She regularly plays with the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and BBC Symphony Orchestra, among numerous other orchestra groups. She is also an active player of the Gagliano Piano Trio and has collaborated with the Callino and Allegri Quartets. Anna has over 15 years teaching experience including deputising at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department. She has also coached on the English Schools Orchestra and at chamber music course, Pro Corda, held in Suffolk.


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