Welcome to Cello Dynamo
The spirit of the Cello Dynamo cello course is based on a supportive mixed-age cello fraternity where cooperation with, and learning from each other, is paramount.
We aim to support teachers – and welcome engagement with them – by reinforcing and building on what they teach their students throughout the year.
We are able to offer complementary and experienced teaching skills to a wide age range. This means we can cater to: those on the brink of a performing career; those going through conservatoire and university; and younger cellists attending school and junior colleges. We are an inclusive course, welcoming both elite players who have made cello the centre of their lives, as well as those who love the cello but also have other passions and therefore less time to practise! The child prodigy and keen amateur should feel equally at home with us.
The Senior Coaching Team
The concept for Cello Dynamo originated when Alexander (Sandy) Baillie, Joely Koos, and Michal Kaznowski coached and performed together on a number of cello courses. They share a strong belief in the power of mentoring and learning at an intensive immersive course. In offering a vast amount of experience both as performers and teachers, and are eager to pass this on in their various distinctive ways to a new generation of young cellists.
Annelies Scott develops the programme for Dynamites (younger coursre) and Dynamix (intermediate course) and, with her background of running chamber music courses since 2001, plans and manages the overall course as Course Director.
Alexander’s world-renowned solo career encompasses recitals, concertos and recordings championing the richly expressive British music of the early 20th Century. He is Professor of Cello at Bremen University’s Hochschule der Künste. As a teacher, he is “Mr Motivator“ to hundreds of young cellists from all over the world.
Michal became the the youngest principal cello in the country in 1979 when he joined the CBSO working with Simon Rattle. Since 1983 Michal has been cellist of the internationally renowned Maggini Quartet. He has taught cello at Wells and Purcell, and is currently teaching in the Junior Department of the Royal College of Music.
Joely is Professor of Cello at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. She enjoys a varied, exciting performing career as a soloist, chamber musician and as guest principal cellist for several major British orchestras including BBC NOW, BBC Phil, Bournemouth Symphony, City of London Sinfonia and London Chamber Orchestra.
Annelies was a string finalist in 1986 BBC Young Musician of the Year. She was a member of the European Soloists Ensemble for 10 years, before retiring from professional performance due to injury. She was a Course Director at Pro Corda for 11 years, and has held the posts of Head of Strings at Guildford High School and Associate Lecturer at Surrey University.
Cello Dynamo Course Details
15-20 August 2022 – St. Catherine’s School, Bramley, Surrey
The course of 2022 will be as wide-ranging as before, offering students the opportunity to experience masterclasses and technique workshops, to perform, and to play in ensembles. The technical workshops will be designed for the various ages and abilities to enable every cellist to feel challenged and encouraged.
The very popular Cello Clinics for the more advanced students will continue this year, and there will be a range of optional activities so that each student can tailor the course to their specific needs and interests.
Our new course “Dynamix” joins Dynamo and Dynamites to form an exciting intermediate course for ages 12-18 – more information below
Participants participate in smaller groups according to age and standard, and in open classes where the whole cello fraternity come together.
Daily sessions offer every student the opportunity to work on their repertoire with tutors. We are very fortunate to have professional pianists on the course, who work tirelessly to rehearse with and accompany every student for the masterclasses. The students gain so much from their musicianship and skill.
Students are encouraged to actively observe each other; in doing so, they gain insight from a more objective learning experience.
Here we focus on more technical aspects of cello playing and the idea is to make it interesting and fun.
With smaller groups we explore areas such as good body use, the mechanics of playing, and understanding the physical properties of the cello and bow.
Each tutor will bring their individual speciality to workshops: to include Michal’s “Scales are fun”, Joely’s “Cello Gym”, and Sandy’s “Mr Motivator”. Annelies will work with the pre-Grade 8 group on consolidating building blocks such as left hand positions, bow articulation techniques and key sense.
Cello Clinics - New for 2021!
Cello clinics take place for smaller groups of students to participate and learn from each other. Here each student has the opportunity to choose how they wish to be helped with regard to any aspect of their playing that they are keen to tackle. This may include repertoire, studies, scales, exercises or posture. Students can expect to attend at least one clinic during the course.
The work in clinics is more intensive, more intimate and less formal than a masterclass. It offers a forum for students to concentrate on their “work in progress” – they do not need to come along with a polished product. The emphasis is on working on improving practicing skills, and encouraging creativity and a positive attitude whilst doing so.
Cello Dynamites and Dynamix
Dynamites is the section of the course for the younger students from ages 8-13. The daily timetable is slightly different, with shorter sessions and more focus on musicianship and ensemble playing. We are also delighted to offer Dalcroze Eurhythmics, a wonderful approach to musicianship training. For Dynamites, we suggest a minimum level of around Grade 3.
New this year is a section of the course called Dynamix – which will form a wonderful bridge between Dynamo and Dynamites. This is the section of the course for those who are too old for Dynamites, but who are not wanting a programme quite as intense and technique based as Dynamo. For example, the 16 year old who loves cello, has done Grade 6 and is keen to get to Grade 8 and would love being immersed in a week of masterclasses and cello ensembles. They will have a programme that will give them aspects of the upper course, with the more relaxed feel of the lower course. Socially, they will spend plenty of time with their own age group. This group will also include cellists who are already diploma standard, but are too young for the Dynamo schedule: they will join in some of the chamber music and musicianship training on Dynamites, while attending technique and masterclass sessions with Dynamo. This way, we can truly say we are offering a personalised programme for each cellist.
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Venue: St. Catherine’s School, Bramley, near Guildford, Surrey
St Catherine’s School is an independent girls’ school in the village of Bramley, near Guildford, Surrey, England. The school is divided into a senior school, for ages 11–18, and a preparatory school for girls aged 4–11.
The course will take full advantage of St Catherine’s new, award-winning music facility, which includes a 300-seat auditorium boasting some of the best acoustics in the country. There is also a recital room, sound-proof practice rooms, and a large dance studio which makes for an excellent space for group sessions. There will be plenty of time for relaxation in the beautiful school grounds and gardens.
Course Fee : £tbc
On booking, you will receive an invoice for £50 which is a non-refundable booking fee, deducted from the total fees. The balance will then be invoiced approximately 2 months prior to the course.