Welcome to this year’s festival and summer school. We are looking forward to seeing most of our participants live in our three regional sessions in Tarland (near Aboyne), Cambridge and Edinburgh and more of you online too!

Before the week of activities you will be asked to prepare and record (with plenty of support) some cello orchestra music which will be cleverly sewn together to make part of our final concert. There will also be opportunities to contribute to the final concert in the live cello group sessions and after the scottish cello session when recordings will be welcomed!!


Sunday 25th July

10am – 5pm Live cello orchestra/chamber music playing:

MacRobert Hall, Tarland (near Aboyne) with James Halsey,

University of Cambridge Primary School, Cambridge with Joshua Lynch

7.30 pm Online welcome to the Aboyne Cello Festival Summer School followed by ‘

drum roll……..

An Evening with Rebecca Gilliver – not to be missed!!!

Monday 26th July

Live cello classes given by Philip Higham in Tarland, James Halsey in Edinburgh and Rebecca Gilliver and Joshua Lynch in Cambridge.

The remainder of the week will be online, please bring your cello and attend as much as you can Zoom log on details will follow:

Tuesday 27th July

Online morning session for all participants on Cello Basics and the Art of Teaching with James Halsey

In the afternoon, a popular session on Scottish Fiddling on the Cello with Alice Allen – so even though you may not have made it to Scotland this time, you get a bit of a scottish flavour!

Wednesday 28th July

A day with Philip Higham – online.

Morning Popperfest!

Afternoon – Bach with the maestro – (Philip’s interpretations of the Bach solo suites are acclaimed worldwide)

Thursday 29th July

A day with Rebecca Gilliver – online.

Morning – What would you rescue from a burning building? – Feuillard!!!

Afternoon – interpreting Beethoven’s works for piano and cello

Pass the Pigs! online social evening!

Friday 30th July

Online lessons with Rebecca, Philip, James and Joshua. As last year a timetable will be published and any course members will be able to watch and learn from any lessons.

7.30 pm final concert online

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