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.
The four of us 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 Coaching Team
Cello Dynamo was formed after the four cellists involved, Alexander (Sandy) Baillie, Joely Koos, Michal Kaznowski and David Burrowes, had 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, they are eager to pass this on in their various distinctive ways to a new generation of young cellists.
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.
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.
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.
Inaugural Cello Dynamo Course Details
27-31 August 2019 at St Catherine’s School, Bramley. Course Fee : £675 (£50 discount for applications prior to April 30th 2019)
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.
Each day starts with Cello Orchestra. All participants come together to explore the exciting repertoire for massed cellos: conducted by David and assisted by other tutors.
This is a great opportunity for mentoring by pairing older more experienced cellists with younger players, and promotes a mutually beneficial learning relationship.
Many orchestral skills are learnt here, including sound blend, balance and group rhythmic discipline.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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, 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.
Cello Dynamites is a residential course for 8-13 year old cellists running in parallel to Cello Dynamo which caters for younger teenagers and children. Both courses share an ethos of quality music making, energetic teaching and inspirational mentoring.
Course Fee : £675. Applications prior to April 30th 2019 will be eligible for a £50 discount for a total fee of £625.
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Cello Dynamo, Loxley Cottage, Stonehouse Road, Halstead, Kent, TN14 7HW
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.
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