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Deeside Cello Project Summer Concerts 2024

The Barn, Banchory   Sunday 21st July 7.30 pm 

Rebecca Gilliver, cello with Dina Duisen, piano and Finn Mannion, cello

We are delighted to welcome back international soloist and principal cello with the London Symphony Orchestra, Rebecca Gilliver.  She will be joined by pianist Dina Duisen and Aboyne Cello Festival Associate Artist, Finn Mannion, cello, in an eclectic programme featuring, amongst others, classical favourite duos for two cellos by Barrière, and the wonderful Shostakovich Sonata in D minor, opus 40 for cello and piano.

A not to be missed opportunity to hear these three making music together!

Phoenix Hall, Newton Dee   Monday 22nd July 7.30pm

Aboyne Cello Festival Young Artist James Conway, cello with Dina Duisen, piano

Latest in the line of outstanding young cellists to be awarded Cello Festival Young Artist, James Conway, together with wonderful Dina Duisen, will present an evening of exciting cello and piano music.   In addition to a stunningly virtuosic solo cello piece by Penderecki, the programme will include sonatas by Grieg, Poulenc and Beethoven’s inventive variations on a theme from The Magic Flute by Mozart.

Currently studying as a postgraduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, James was awarded the Leonard Rose Award for Cello during his time at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Dina Duisen is much in demand as a recitalist and duo player all over the world. She is resident pianist for Prussia Cove Masterclasses and her duo collaborations include regularly working with Nicola Benedetti. 

St. Margaret’s, Braemar Wednesday 24th July 7.30pm

The Three Cellos

An enormous treat for fans of the cello, Rebecca Gilliver, principal cello of the London Symphony Orchestra, Philip Higham, international soloist and James Halsey will indulge their love of chamber playing and take the audience on a memorable journey for the evening. Characterised by rich cello sounds and fine ensemble, the trio will present an eclectic mix of music and will be augmented when Joshua Lynch joins to make a cello quartet, performing works by Klengel and Arvo Pärt.  

Entertaining and friendly introductions complement the wonderful music-making and this special concert is guaranteed to leave the audience with smiles on their faces!

East Church, Banchory  Saturday 27th July 7.30pm

The Bingham String Quartet with Philip Higham

The Bingham String Quartet: Steve Bingham and Hilary Sturt, violins, Brenda Stewart, viola and James Halsey, cello.

The Bingham String Quartet is joined by international cellist Philip Higham, to present an exciting and varied evening. Drawing on their vast combined experience of performing music from all eras, the quartet and Philip will punctuate the evening with insightful, fascinating and friendly introductions.

Opening the performance with American contemporary composer Caroline Shaw’s “entr’acte”- inspired by her hearing one of the great Haydn quartets – the quartet will then be joined by Philip Higham to perform the wonderful and  humorous Musica Notturna delle Strade di Madrid by Boccherini, and Arensky’s quartet for violin, viola and two cellos. This was written in 1894 and dedicated to Tchaikovsky who had died the previous year. The Binghams will also play Bartok’s first string quartet, a magnificent and pivotal piece in early 20th Century string quartet writing.

Sunday 28th July  MacRobert Hall, Tarland 7.30pm 

The Giant Cello Ensemble with soloists

As the culmination of eight days of Cello festivities and hard work on the Cello Festival Summer School, based in Tarland, the Giant Cello Ensemble will be full of joie de vivre!  Always incredibly popular, this concert mixes music to suit all tastes, played at the highest level by professionals and conservatoire students joined by local cello-playing enthusiasts.

The first half of the concert will include classics by Vivaldi and Max Bruch and the second half, Tchaikovsky’s epic Swan Lake Suite.  All four of the Aboyne Cello Summer School’s fabulous tutors will be on stage with the orchestra during this concert – an historic occasion!