Welcome to Cello Dynamo

The spirit of the new Cello Dynamo cello course is based on a supportive mixed age cello fraternity where cooperation with, and learning from each other, is paramount.

We are able to offer complementary and experienced teaching skills to a wide age-range. This means we can cater for: those on the brink of a performing career; those going through conservatoire and university; and younger cellists attending school and junior colleges.

We aim to support teachers – and welcome engagement with them – by reinforcing and building on what they teach their students throughout the year.

The Senior Coaching Team

The concept for Cello Dynamo originated when four of the cellists involved, Alexander (Sandy) Baillie, Joely Koos, Michal Kaznowski and David Burrowes, coached and performed together on a number of cello courses. We all 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, we are eager to pass this on in our various distinctive ways to a new generation of young cellists.

Annelies Scott was invited to develop the programme for the younger and less experienced cellists and, with her background of running chamber music courses since 2001 was then asked to take on the role of planning and managing the overall course as Course Director. Annelies will also be coaching chamber music and taking the community orchestra sessions. To see the programme for the younger cellists (known as Dynamites!), please click here…

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Alexander Baillie

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.

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David Burrowes

David was Principal Cello of English Classical Players from 1991-2011. He is currently cellist of the Archaeus Quartet, a member of Primavera, and cellist and Artistic Director of Cirrus. As a teacher, David was Director of Pro Corda’s annual cello course from 2010-2017, and has been Associate Lecturer in Cello at the University of Surrey since 2000.

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Michal Kaznowski

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.

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Joely Koos

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.

Inaugural Cello Dynamo Course Details

27-31 August 2019 at St Catherine’s School, Bramley. Course Fee : £675

The course of 2019 will be wide-ranging, offering students the opportunity to experience masterclasses, to play in a cello orchestra and to be coached in smaller sized cello ensembles. There will also be a variety of technical workshops as well as Sandy’s celebrated ‘Mr Motivator’ class. In addition, students will have an opportunity to perform pieces from the masterclasses in short informal concerts after lunch. Evenings will feature relaxing social events.



Participants perform 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, accompanied by a professional pianist.

Students are encouraged to actively observe each other; in doing so, they gain insight from a more objective learning experience.


Cello Orchestra

Each day starts with Cello Orchestra. All participants come together to explore the exciting repertoire for massed cellos. The senior Dynamos will be conducted by David and the junior Dynamites by Annelies, both assisted by other tutors.

Many orchestral skills are learned here, including sound blend, balance, and group rhythmic discipline.

The day will end with the community orchestra, where all ages and abilities will play together with the tutors. This is a great opportunity for mentoring by pairing older more experienced cellists with younger players and promotes a mutually beneficial learning relationship.


Cello Ensembles

All students are placed in a chamber music group appropriate to their age and ability.

Cello Dynamo passionately believes in the many benefits that chamber music brings. It is a vital part of our education and is a chance for cellists to take off their “solo” hats and concentrate on building their musicianship and teamworking skills.

We work with students on developing a shared interpretation of the music. The tutors encourage an understanding of initiating and responding, of listening more deeply, and working on technical areas together to achieve this.


Technical Workshops

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”.


Performance Opportunities

Performance is an essential part of the learning process and we believe this important area should be approached in a spirit of mutual support and positivity.

Performances at Cello Dynamo offer the chance for interpretations, worked on at masterclass level, to evolve. To this end daily informal concerts are scheduled after lunch and all students are encouraged to take part and attend.

The course culminates in a concert open to family and friends showcasing chamber music that has been worked on over the course.


Social Events

Relaxing is as important as working hard and the stunning setting of St Catherine’s School provides the perfect environment to do so.

As well as swimming, tennis and table tennis, the pastoral care team organise social activities such as quiz and movie nights.

The tutors devise some music events too, including Sandy’s video and verbal retrospective of various cello greats – legends such as du Pré, Casals, Fournier and Rostropovitch – who have had such a profound influence on our instrument.



Course Director - Annelies Scott

Annelies was a string finalist in 1986 BBC Young Musician of the Year, and in the same year won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music where she was awarded the Dip. RAM, the highest Post Graduate qualification, whilst still an undergraduate. She went on to perform with the European Soloists Ensemble for 10 years.

Injury forced Annelies to retire from professional performance in 2003, since when she has focused on teaching and chamber music coaching.  She was a Course Director at Pro Corda for many years and has taught masterclasses at CelloFest.

In 2014 Annelies qualified as a counselling psychotherapist and works mainly with adolescents. This brings an extra aspect to the way she approaches working with and caring for young people, especially during a residential course. High quality pastoral care will be at the forefront of the course.


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, an orchestra pit, technical box and recording studio. Other facilities at St Catherine’s allow for huge scope in terms of social and leisure activities, with a swimming pool, extensive grounds with tennis courts, and common rooms in the boarding houses.

Application Form

Course Fee : £675. Applications prior to April 30th 2019 will be eligible for a £50 discount for a total fee of £625.

Contact for Enquiries

If you have any queries or require further information please email us at info@cellodynamo.co.uk
Cello Dynamo, 2 The Hedges, Balscote, Banbury, OX15 6JU.

Bursary Fund
We are unanimously passionate about creating an opportunity to study at an intensive inspiring immersive course for any keen talented cellist who does not have the background or the finances to benefit from such an experience. We are kick-starting a bursary fund with a view to offering financial support in the future. To that end, each year we will commit to putting some profits from the course into the fund.

If you would like to sponsor Cello Dynamo, any donation would be most gratefully received and would enable us to develop this interesting project even further. Should you wish to help, please send cheques made payable to: “Cello Dynamo” to the address above. For direct bank transfer please email us for details of our bank account at info@cellodynamo.co.uk.