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 for: 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 practice! The child prodigy and keen amateur should feel equally at home with us.
Fees TBC once the venue is fixed and will reflect the non-residential nature of the course. We plan to provide a list of nearby Airbnb options for those coming from further away. Please keep coming back here for updates!
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 was brought in to develop the programme for the younger and less experienced cellists and, with her background of running chamber music courses since 2001 was invited to take on the role of planning and managing the overall course as Course Director. Annelies also coaches chamber music and runs the community orchestra sessions.
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
9-15 August 2021 Venue in SW London: tbc Course Fee: tbc
The course of 2021 will be as wide-ranging as before, offering students the opportunity to experience masterclasses and technique workshops, to play in a large cello ensemble and to be coached in smaller sized cello ensembles. The technical workshops will be tailored to the various ages and abilities to enable every cellist to feel challenged and encouraged.
New for this year are the Cello Clinics – 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.
Dynamites is the section of the course for the younger students up to around 12 years old. The daily timetable is slightly different, with shorter sessions and more focus on musicianship, including the addition of Dalcroze Eurhythmics, a wonderful approach to musicianship training.
For Dynamites, we suggest a minimum level of around Grade 3.
Due to the fact that the ability and experience of each student has little to do with their age, we have many ways of adapting our programme to the needs of the individual, and make sure that those under 12 who are already Grade 8+ get plenty of time with the more advanced classes, and also that those who are over 12 who might feel overwhelmed by the pace of an advanced class can work within their comfort zone.