Consultation Cello Lessons
Advice on technical issues, bowing, fingering, exam and performance preparation
Consultation lessons are perfect for those who have some knowledge of playing the cello are at an intermediate or advanced stage and require advice on technical issues, bowing and fingering and or a different point of view.
Preparation for performance Emily can also advise in performance preparation which is useful for students preparing for ABRSM exams/auditions.
Improvisation Emily actively encourages the art of improvisation. A fun way for an individual to establish their own means of expression with the instrument.
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Emily’s Musical Education
Emily received a privileged musical education. She commenced learning the cello at the age of five and when she was eleven years old she was awarded a music scholarship to Wells Cathedral School where she studied with Raphael Wallfisch and Margaret Moncrieff and received regular master classes with the late Amaryllis Fleming. On leaving Wells she continued to study with Amaryllis through having gained a scholarship to The Royal College of Music, London. After the RCM she further studied under the tutelage of the eminent teacher William Pleeth. She benefited greatly from this intensive and solid grounding in the classical repertoire and her career has included working within orchestras, chamber groups and solo recitals performing in all the main London concert halls.
From a young age, Emily displayed a talent for improvising as well as reading music and through her ability to extemporise she has carved a niche and developed a reputation for working outside of the usual association with the cello as a classical instrument.
As well as learning repertoire, Emily actively encourages the art of improvisation
which helps an individual establish their own identification and means of expressing their emotions through the instrument.
Emily expertly prescribes technical studies to help in the development of the muscles in the hands and arms on route to a strong and flowing bow hold and fit left hand fingers.
In both private and consultation lessons Emily typically observes and as a matter of course quickly composes a technical passage or suggests technical studies to help in the development of technique.
Posture – correct posture is crucial in creating a beautiful rounded tone on the cello.
Emily was fortunate to attend posture consultation lessons with the late Jean Gibson, an extraordinary individual knowledgeable in the field of the relationship between correct posture and good ability (along the lines of Alexander technique). Emily was also very lucky as her first posture consultations at the young age of eleven corrected her tense neck and shoulders and aided her playing development enormously. Fourteen years later, as a professional cellist she returned for consultations with Jean who insisted that Emily stayed on to observe the issues being resolved in other musicians. This was a crucial time of development in Emily’s insight of the relationship between correct posture and tone.
Testimony – Consultation lesson
A short account on bow hold; “Emily has done a great job in improving my son’s cello bow hold. She is quick and accurate in diagnosing his problem, made him understand the optimum bow control by demonstrating to him the interconnectedness between the fingers and thumb as well as how best they should occupy the bow to allow the flow and flexibility. My son has also benefited from the bowing exercises Emily has prescribed which are designed to harness the concept and building up the muscles of his fingers and thumb. He has found the sessions spent with Emily both inspiring and fun. Thank you Emily!”
Testimony – Consultation Lesson on Bach G major Prelude
“As a mature student who started the cello late in life my two-hour consultation lesson with Emily was just what was needed when I started looking at the Bach suites. The Prelude of the G major Suite was proving challenging for me but with her patient help – annotating the score for easier fingering and demonstrating bowing patterns – it has made the task much more manageable” Lucy, Prelude G major suite by JS Bach