Helen Neilson

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Concert and student workshop highlights 2020 included:                
 18th Dec 2019 - 7th Jan 2020   Tour of China with Berlin Metropolitan Orchestra (double bass)
Fri 17th Jan 7.30pm @ St Alfege Church  St Paul's Sinfonia Strings Concert - programme to include Strauss Metamorphosen (double bass)
Wed 25 March  Latymer Upper School Chamber Music concert - CANCELLED
Sun 12th April  3pm Suzuki Gala Concert @ Royal Albert Hall - CANCELLED
14 - 17th April Coaching on South London Youth Orchestra (double bass) - CANCELLED
Sun 19th April  Teaching workshops on Cello Day @ Trinity Laban, Greenwich - CANCELLED
Sun 14th June  Our Cello Community workshops with Eulalia Subira (Spain) followed by London Suzuki Group Cello Playtogether 2.30 - 5pm, South London - venue TBA  - CANCELLED
Sun 16th - Sat 22nd August  Teaching at Bryanston International Summer School - CANCELLED
Sadily, many events this year cancelled due to Covid-19 pandemic.
Several live stream concert recordings made during 2020 by St Paul's Sinfonia -see their website for details and recordings. 
Monday 27th July - Sunday 2nd August: Suzuki Cello Experience (online edition) 2020 - course for Suzuki cello students working in books 7-9+.  Faculty includes Carey Beth Hockett, Pamela Devenport, Brendan Conroy, Roel Dieltens, Marta Roma, Laurent Roure.  See https://suzukicelloexp.wixsite.com/mysite for more information
Monday 17th - Friday 21st August: Virtual International Summer School - teaching cello group classes.  See www.lsginternationalsummerschool.co.uk for more details.




Friday 14th June Leading workshop session with Sheku Kanneh-Mason with London Music Masters programme string players
Friday 21st June St Paul's Sinfonia 7.30pm @ St Alfege Church, Greenwich: Programme to include Beethoven Symphony no. 5  (principal bass)
Saturday 22nd June Bayswater Suzuki Group Concert - programme to include Dvorak American Quartet and cello group items (cello)
Sunday 23rd June Leading London Suzuki Group Playtogether at Morley College together with Charlotte Clemson (violin) 1-3.30pm
Wednesday 26th June Latymer Upper School chamber music groups concert.  7pm in Recital Hall.
Sunday 30th June  Our Cello Community workshop with home studio cello students with Ashley Stafford - performance coach, osteopath and singing teacher. From 10am - details on request.
Wednesday 3rd July  11am Sir John Cass Foundation Primary School: Whole class strings programme summer concert 
Sunday 2nd August 7.30pm: Giant Cello Ensemble concert in Tarland MacRobert Memorial Hall as part of the Aboyne Cello Festival, directed by James Halsey.  Includes Tchaikovsky Rococo Variations with Philip Higham (solo cello) and Ashokan Farewell.
18th - 24th August  Teaching at Bryanstone International Chamber Music Course, Bryanstone School, Dorset
Sat 16th November Bayswater Suzuki Group concert @ St Peter's Church, Notting Hill
 Sun 17th November  Leading cello groups for Suzuki Strings workshop, Croydon with Kimberley Wong and Charlotte Clemson
Highlights from Spring 2019
2-4th January  Coaching South London Youth Orchestra, Dulwich
Sunday 3rd February  Playing and coaching on Joint Strings Day for St Paul's Girls' School and St Paul's Boys' School: Strauss: Metamorphosen
Sunday 17th March:   St Paul's Girls' School Concert @ St John's Smith Square: Programme to include Mahler Symphony No. 1
Tuesday 2nd April  Latymer Upper School Strings Day - with guest presenters, The Santiago Quartet: workshop sessions for all strings students, followed by 7pm concert to include student group and chamber music items and pieces by our visiting quartet.
15-18th April Coaching South London Youth Orchestra, Dulwich
Sunday 28th April  Teaching on Cello Day, London Cello Society @ Royal Academy of Music
Highlights from 2018
Sunday 18th March 2018: Our Cello Community @ The Lodge SW4. Performance workshop session "Cello and Song" with visiting teacher Ashley Stafford: performance coach, osteopath and singing teacher.  We are looking forward to welcoming Ashley to our Cello Community to share our experiences about how connections between singing and understanding of good use of the body feeds into our freedom in performance and cello playing from the earliest of stages in musical development.
Sunday 25th March 2018: Leading cello groups @ London Suzuki Group Annual Strings Concert at Cadogan Hall
10th-13th April 2018: Coaching @ South London Youth Orchestra, JAGS, Dulwich
Saturday 14th-Sunday 15th April 2018: Teaching workshops @ Go Cello Festival, Trinity Laban, Greenwich.  Tickets and information on London Cello Society website: www.londoncellos.org
Thursday 26th April 2018: Looking forward to welcoming former Latymerian Raphael Wallfisch masterclasses with Latymer Prep and Upper School cellists, followed by a recital.  Masterclasses 4.30pm; Recital 7.00pm @ Latymer Upper School.
Thursday 14th June 2018: Lecture at Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.   "Practical applications of the singing voice in instrumental teaching." 9-11am. 
Thursday 14th June 2018, 7.30pm: St Paul's Sinfonia @ Cadogan Hall (principal double bass).  Programme to include: Debussy: La Mer; Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade and a new work by Tim Jackson.
23rd - 27th July 2018: Teaching @ Dulwich Suzuki Camp. Course run by Clare Raybould and Michiko Takahashi.
Monday 13th August 2018: Performance (double bass) in final night concert of Festival Casals, Prades, France.  Abbaye Saint Michel de Cuxa.  Bach Double Violin Concerto with Boris Garlitsky and Christian Altenburger.  Pieces by Casals with Jerome Pernoo and Cello Ensemble including Song of the Birds.
Sunday 19th - Sunday 26th August: Teaching and concerts @ Bryanstone International Chamber Music Course.  Very exciting week of music making and superb international faculty. Cello faculty includes Pamela Devenport (USA), Jonny Cottle (Spain) and Emma Butterworth (UK).
Friday 21st September: Concert with St Paul's Sinfonia, St Alfege Church, Greenwich, 7.30pm.  (Double bass)  Programme with Sheku Kanneh-Mason - cellist of the Royal Wedding!  Programme to include Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme and Brahms Symphony no. 4.
2017 concert appearances included:
Thu 10th August, Montalba-le-Chateau, France.  Schubert: Octet (double bass) @Prades festival, with players including Ji Young Lim, recent winner of the Queen Elizabeth Prize
Weds 9th August, Codalet, France.  Prokofiev: Quintet (double bass) @Prades Festival
Tuesday 18th July 1.15pm St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, EC4Y 8AU: Helen Neilson (cello) and Mine Dogantan-Dack: Chopin: Introduction and Polonaise Brilliante, op. 3.  Shared recital with fellow performers Jonatan Bought (guitar), Constance Leung (piano) and Nigel Blomiley (cello)
Friday 5th May, 7.00pm. All Saint's Church, Fulham: Faculty of St Paul's Girls' School: Paulina Quintet - Ted Barry (violin); James Sleigh (viola); Erica Simpson (cello); Helen Neilson (double bass); John York (piano); joined by Anna Boucher (singer)
Schubert: "Die Forelle" op. 32, D 550 - song by Anna Boucher; Piano Quintet in A major, D667 "The Trout"
Friday 19th May, 7.30pm, St Alfege Greenwich: St Paul's Sinfonia (principal double bass) with Rivka Golani (viola); Susan Jiwey (soprano); Benjie de Rosario (tenor); Stephen Kennedy (baritone) and Andrew Morley (conductor):
Mendelssohn: "Son and Stranger" Overture; Douglas Finch: Night Love Song; Stravinsky: Pulcinella
Sunday 21st May, 2pm, Burgh House, Hampstead: Marmara trio and friends: Mona Kodama (violin); Juan Drown (viola); Thomas Gregory (cello); Helen Neilson (double bass); Mine Dogantan-Dack (piano): programme to include Schubert "The Trout" Piano Quintet in A major, D667
Wednesday 24th May, 1.05pm, St Botolph Without Aldgate Church: a programme of works for cello duet and organ by composers who were also teachers, featuring the earliest surviving church organ in London. This is a concert for the children of the Sir John Cass Foundation Primary School.  Open to all too.  Come early to get a seat - it will be busy! Free entry, retiring collection.
Helen Neilson (cello) and Thomas Gregory (cello) + Martin Neilson (organ)
Bach, arr. Casals: Adagio from Toccata in C Major for organ (arr. for 2 cellos and organ by Casals/H.Neilson); Hindemith: Frölich (cello duet); Dotzauer: Variations on "La ci darem la mano" (cello duet); Klengel: Three pieces for 2 cellos and organ, op. 62
Student workshops include:
Sunday 5th February, 10.00am - 3.00pm, Book 1 Bonanza!  Kingsdale School, SE21 8SQ: Violin leader: Michiko Takahashi; Cello leader: Helen Neilson - application details on London Suzuki Group website - open to Pre-Twinkle and Suzuki book 1 students - a fun day of group activities for little string players!

Mon 27th March: Latymer Upper Strings Day - the Ultimate Strings Party!!!!  All Latymer string players welcome - preps and Upper School!  Brilliant guest presenters giving workshops on world music and improvisation are Joe Townsend (violin) and Neil Valentine (viola).  7pm evening concert to include lots of our string chamber groups and items from workshop sessions.  We are delighted to be welcoming children from the whole class strings programme at Sir John Cass Primary School to join us for this exciting event!
Sun 23rd April: Teaching @ London Cello Society "Cello Mad", 10.00 - 3.30pm @ Hampstead Town Hall.  Faculty includes Wolfgang Lehner and Oliver Mansfield.  Apply on London Cello Society website.  Open to students and adult amateurs grades 1-8+.
Sat 17th June: Bayswater Suzuki Group concert morning at St James's Church, Bayswater. 
Repertoire for this term to include Brahms Sextet in B flat and Tchaikovsky: Souvenir de Florence
11-15th July: Coaching @ Bayswater Chamber Music Course. Concert 11.00am Sat 15th July at St Peter's Church, Notting Hill.
24th - 28th July: Teaching @ Dulwich Suzuki Camp - faculty includes Clare Raybould, Michiko Takahashi, Juan Drown, Mallory Hamm
Website: https://dulwichsuzukicamp.wixsite.com/dulwichsuzukicamp
1-14th August, Prades Festival, France (double bass)
20th - 27th August: Teaching and performing @ Bryanstone International Chamber Music Course, Bryanstone School, Blandford Forum, Dorset
30th August - 1st September: Orchestral course with London Music Masters and In Harmony Lambeth @ Wheatsheaf Halls.  Conductor, William Carslake.
Huge well done to my students everywhere for a superb run of Autumn term 2017 concerts!!  It's been a great term of work.  Lots to celebrate!
Weds 6th December - great Christmas concert by all the children at Sir John Cass Primary.  A lively event with about 100 children on stage, and about another 200 on the floor beside us!
Weds 6th December - wonderful chamber music showcase concert @ Latymer Upper School.  A fine testament to how well our string chamber music programme is growing and flourishing.  Some very fine performances indeed!
Friday 8th December - magical Christmas cello class with my home studio children - Our Cello Comunity @ The Lodge, with visiting teacher, Selma Gokcen, Director of forthcoming Go Cello Festival. Brilliant individual performances by all and excellent group numbers.  We loved meeting Selma's mini skeleton, "Max" and learning about sitting with our cellos!
Monday 11th December - Great group performance by Latymer Prep Cello Group in their Christmas concert!
Monday 11th December - A superb showcase by the girls @ St Paul's Girl's School.  What an exceptional evening of fine music making!  Programme included Rimsky Korsakov's "Scheherezade"; Villa-Lobos "Bachianas Brasilieras"; Sarah Quartel' "Snow Angel", and of course, our favourite Gardener Carols!
Sunday 8th October: Cello Folk!  Workshop for young cellists grade 1-5+ @ Cecil Sharp House.  Details and booking on London Cello Society website: www.londoncellos.org.
Saturday 18th November: Bayswater Suzuki Group Annual Concert @ St Peter's Church, Notting Hill.  Details on BSG website.  Programme to include Mendelssohn Octet.

2016 events included:

Fri 18th November - 7.30pm, St Alfege Church, Greenwich - St Paul's Sinfonia (double bass) : Sibelius: Rakastava; Milhaud: Le Boeuf sur le Toit; Barber: Cello Concerto (Alison Holford); Sibelius: En Saga
Sat 19th November: Bayswater Suzuki Group Annual Concert at St Peter's Church, Notting Hill - to include cello groups and string quartet performances with students
 Sunday 27th November: The Amadeus Centre W9 2JA 10am-3pm: London Cello Society workshop for young student cellists grades 1-5 "Around the World with Music" led by Pavlos Carvahlo, assisted by Helen Neilson and Sarah Carvalho-Dubost - tickets from London Cello Society website.  Exploration of folk music from different cultures: Emglish, Hungarian, Greek, Argentinian and Brazilian.
2016 summer events included:
Tue 12th - Sat 16th July: Coaching @ Bayswater Chamber Music Course - great Bartok Divertimento by the chamber orchestra!!
21st/22nd July: Guest principal bass for Amadeus Orchestra - concerts @ Exeter Cathedral and Wiltshire Music Trust - Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue; Finzi: Cello Concerto with Raphael Wallfish; Stravinsky: Petrouchka
24th - 31st July: Cellos at Belle-Serre, Castres, France - wonderful week of cello masterclasses, ensembles and chamber music, led by Lowri Blake.
Weds 10th - Sun14th August:  Teaching @ CelloFest - Royal Hospital School, Suffolk.  Brilliant meet up of cellists of all ages!!  Great faculty line up including Carey Beth Hockett (USA); Eulalia Subira (Spain); Ana Toca (Spain).
21st-28th August: Teaching and playing @ Bryanstone International Summer School, Dorset.  A wonderful week of chamber music and individual lessons with students from many different countries.  Course Director Christine Livingstone.  Cello faculty includes Carey-Beth Hockett (USA); Jadie Carey (UK) and Jon Cottle (Spain). Faculty recital performance of Schubert: Trout Quintet (bass) with Tony Ingham (piano) and friends.
23rd-25th September: Teaching @ Edinburgh Suzuki Workshop.  Enjoyed teaching the children in my home country!  Cello faculty includes Ruben Rivera (France) and Lucy Gillan (Scotland). 

Spring term highlights included:
Sun 17th April: Teaching @ Cello Day with London Cello Society - our first student event at the new venue of Trinity Laban in Greenwich.  Awesome faculty line up including David Kenedy, Joely Koos, Alison Moncrieff-Kelly and Anita Strevens.  Masterclasses with Leonid Gorokhov.  Great day had!

 Weds 16th March: An army of Latymer Upper School cellists play Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasilieras no. 5 @ St John's Smith Square!!  With Jessica Powell, soprano.

Sun 27th March: International Suzuki Gala Concert @ Royal Albert Hall (playing double bass in string ensemble).  Was wonderful to welcome friends and colleagues from all over the world and to share the stage with our students!


 2015 Events included:

 25th - 30th October: teaching @ Pro Corda Cello Course, Leiston Abbey, Suffolk  - directed by David Burrowes; faculty includes Anita Strevens, Joely Koos, Zoe Martlew and Alexander Baillie


Sat 31st October  Coaching @ Joint Strings Day for SPGS and SPBS students and other local students @ St Paul's Boys' School, Barnes

Sun 15th November: workshop leading for "Vamoosh Cello Day" with Thomas Gregory for the London Cello Society @ The Amadeus Centre.  Tickets available on the London Cello Society website. 
Sun 22nd November: leading string groups @ the Groups Festival at Royal College Of Music
Sun 29th November: chamber music recital with The Colour House Ensemble @ The Colour House Theatre, Merton Abbey Mills (double bass)
Mon 30th November: double bass and piano recital with Daniel Hewson @ St Peter's Church, Notting Hill, 1pm.  Programme to include works by Lennox Berkeley; David Ellis and Serge Lancen.
Holiday courses, festivals and workshops from summer 2015 included:

21st - 25th July: teaching @ Bayswater Chamber Music Course - directed by Jillian Leddra

29th July - 9th August: Opera de Bauge, Bauge-en-Anjou, France: cello - playing in opera orchestra

12th - 16th August: teaching @ CelloFest at The Royal Hospital School, Suffolk - directed by Tessa Oakley; faculty includes Carey Beth Hockett (USA); Ruben Rivera (France); Ana Toca (Spain)

16th - 23rd August: teaching @ Bryanstone International Chamber Music Course - directed by Christine Livingstone; cello faculty includes Carey Beth-Hockett (USA); Jadie Carey (UK) and Jon Cottle (Spain).

February 8th: Home studio cello class with Christine Livingstone @ Alleyn's School, Dulwich 2-6pm - to include group work on basics of tone production and posture; mini lessons for all; ensemble items Bach: Arioso and Tchaikovsky: Chanson Triste

March 4th: Latymer Upper Strings Day - great workshops had with visiting presenters Thomas Gregory and Laura Cochrane on Vamoosh!; Neil Valentine and Matthew Forbes doing some funky improvisation! Plus evening concert with students and staff chamber music items.  ** Excited about playing in our home string faculty and visiting presenters Mendelssohn Octet, led by our own student Sofia Kolupov!** Fun and eclectic concert - with workshop items; Beethoven op. 95; Schumann Piano Quintet!

March 31st: Strauss "Eine Alpeinsinfonie" with Duet Group Philharmonic @ Royal Festival Hall (playing cello + section coach)

April 16th:  St Pauls' Sinfonia 10th Anniversary Concert @ Queen Elizabeth Hall 7.30pm (cello) - Wagner: Siegfried Idyll; Stravinsky Symphony in C; Shostakovich Cello Concerto with Guy Johnston; Mozart Symphony no. 31 "Paris" **Ten years we have been playing together now - this will be a celebration to remember!**

Sun April 26th: teaching @ Cello Day @ the Royal Academy of Music - a day devoted to preparation for ABRSM examinations for school age cello students

Fri 26th June 7.30pm St James' Piccadilly Guest Principal double bass w/ Corinthian Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Mike Seal:

Copland: Appalachian Spring; Mozart: Piano Concert in E flat major; Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements;
Sat 27th June 11.15am Elgar: Introduction and Allegro with Bayswater Suzuki Group
Thu 9th July: 1-2pm Double bass and piano Recital @ St John's Church Notting Hill with Daniel Hewson:
Eccles: Sonata in G minor; Ellis: Sonata; Lennox Berkeley: Introduction and Allegro; Lancen:Croquis

Summer school 2014 coaching engagements included:

July: Bayswater Chamber Music Course; course director Jillian Leddra - coaching small groups and assisting chamber orchestra

August:  Bryanston International Summer School, Bryanston School, Dorset; course director Christine Livingstone; faculty includes Carey-Beth Hockett - teaching cello and double bass in open lessons; playing double bass in orchestra; chamber music recitals on cello including Elgar Piano Quintet with Tony Ingham.


2014 highlights included:

December: Corinthian Chamber Orchestra @ Queen Elizabeth Hall with Paul Hoskins (principal double bass): Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Overture; Shostakovich: Piano concerto no.2;  Stravinsky "The Firebird"

December: Britten: Noyes' Fludde and Chilcott: A Little Jazz Mass (double bass) @ SPGS

November: Home studio class performance evening with Jocelyn Abbott (piano) and David Kenedy in East Dulwich

August: Elgar Piano Quintet @ Bryanstone International Chamber Music Course - with Tony Ingham (piano) 

July - August:  St Endellion Festival, St Endellion, Cornwall (double bass) Artistic Director: Mark Padmore; Conductors: Ryan Wigglesworth and Aidan Oliver

Repertoire included: Puccini La Boheme; Bach Mass in B Minor; Britten Nocturne; Tchaikovsky Symphony no. 5; Beethoven Mass in C major; Brahms Piano Concerto no. 1; Concerts @ St Endellion and Truro Cathedral

Chamber music concert: Schubert: Gesang der Geister uber den Wassern (double bass) with singers including Marc Padmore, Roderick Williams, Peter Hoare, Robert Davies

July:  Exeter Cathedral: Amadeus Orchestra (principal double bass) Strauss: Don Juan; Elgar: Cello Concerto with Raphael Wallfisch; Shostakovich: Symphony no. 5

April: Cello Day @ RAM - leading junior classes for lots and lots of little cellists - wonderful new composition from Thomas Gregory!

February: Home studio performance class with Anita Strevens, including massed Vivaldi Double Cello Concerto

December/January: Tour of China with Kent Sinfonia


Highlights of 2012 – 2013 season included:

July/August: St Endellion Festival, Cornwall – principal/co-principal double bass in orchestra for a wide range of programmes and a variety of chamber music recitals

June: Stravinsky "L'Historie du Soldat" (A Soldier's Tale)  - double bass with the Simon Callaghan Ensemble, Narrated by Timothy West

June: Cello and piano recitals with John Cuthbert – Spanish and Latin American repertoire

 April London Cello Society "Cello Day" at the Royal Academy of Music, visiting teachers included Leonid Gorokhov, Aaron Minsky, William Bruce and Thomas Gregory. 

April Aaron Minsky workshops and concert at Latymer Upper School.  Performance of Three American Cello Duets by Helen Neilson and Aaron Minsky.

March Prinicpal cello for performance of Mahler Symphony no. 8 "Symphony of a Thousand" at Royal Festival Hall with students from schools including Latymer Upper School 

September  Schumann Fantasiestucke and Chopin Sonata with Irina Lyakhovskaya

August: Gordon Jacob " A Little Concerto" for double bass and string orchestra at the ESTA Summer School, Cheltenham

August: Bottesini Concerto no. 1 for double bass (B minor version) - in masterclass with Thomas Martin at ESTA Summer School, Cheltenham




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