Tue, 06 Apr



VaCO Cello Masterclass with Stephen Orton

We're delighted to welcome Stephen Orton, Principal Cello of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, for our first ever online masterclass for students under the age of 25 and Grade 7+ standard. Observers of any standard welcome.

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VaCO Cello Masterclass with Stephen Orton

Time & Location

06 Apr 2021, 10:00 – 17:00


About The Event

Cost: £60 Participants (limited to six places) & £15 Observers

Each participant will be able to access:-

  • 40 minute dedicated slot to give them the opportunity to work with Stephen on a one to one basis on repertoire or orchestral excerpts of their choosing
  • Access and opportunity to contribute to Stephen's two talks on a ‘Discussion about Awareness of the different roles in cello playing, ie; quartet, continuo and orchestral’ and also how musicians can move forward after the pandemic.

We hope you can join us for what will be an inspiring day with Stephen!

Stephen Orton was born in Ripon, Yorkshire, and studied with William Pleeth at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 1985 Stephen became Principal Cello with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields where he regularly performed as soloist. At the age of 21 Stephen was the Principal Cello of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta and then a few years later was invited to be principal Cello in the City of London Sinfonia. He was a member of the Delmé Quartet for ten years, and has acted as Guest Principal Cello with the London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic orchestra. Stephen has wide experience of chamber music, being a member of the Academy Chamber Ensemble, touring internationally and making numerous recordings. He has often played the Schubert Quintet as guest cellist with many Quartets including the Chilingirian Quartet which he joined in 2013.

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