This year the festival commemorates the 335th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach, the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven, the 250th anniversary of the death of Italian baroque composer Giuseppe Tartini, the 175th anniversary of the birth of French composer Gabriel Fauré, the 140th anniversary of the birth of Swiss - American composer Ernest Bloch, the 140th anniversary of the death of French - German composer Jacques Offenbach, the 140th anniversary of the birth of Jewish composer James Simon, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Armenian composer Alexander Arutjunjan and Make Music Day 2020.
The 2nd annual WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST in London 2020 will feature cellist František Brikcius, composer and organist Irena Kosíková, Czech cellist Anna Brikciusová and siblings cello chamber ensemble Duo Brikcius. More musicians TBC.
As in previous year (London's first ever Borough of Culture in 2019) there will be different parts:
- SPRING CONCERTS
- UNDERGROUND LUNCHTIME RECITALS
- MAKE MUSIC DAY (21st June)
- CELLO ACADEMY (Online Summer Cello Master Classes via Zoom)
- FESTIVAL (main events in October)
- CHRISTMAS FINAL CONCERT
Concerts will be held in The London Borough of Waltham Forest (historic Victoria Line Carriage - Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, Church of St Michael and All Angels in Walthamstow, St Barnabas Church Walthamstow, etc. TBA) and online.
Waltham Forest Cello Fest forms part of the Daniel Pearl World Music Days, which commemorate the legacy of journalist, musician Daniel Pearl, brutally murdered by group of terrorists for defending freedom of speech.
For further information follow #WFCF19, #WFCF2020, @WalhamForestCelloFest and visit http://WalthamForestCelloFest.Brikcius.com .
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The 335th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
The 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)
The 140th anniversary of the birth of Jewish composer James Simon (1880 - 1944)
The 250th anniversary of the death if Italian baroque composer Giuseppe Tartini (1692 - 1770)
The 140th anniversary of the death of German - French composer and cellist Jacques Offenbach (1819 - 1880)
Sunday 1st March 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.
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Sunday 11th October 2020 @ 1:15 p.m.
Sunday 6th December 2020 @ 1:15 p.m.
Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum & the 2nd WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST 2020 in London invite you to the 10th UNDERGROUND LUNCHTIME RECITAL.
Cello recital will take place on S̶u̶n̶d̶a̶y̶ ̶1̶0̶t̶h̶ ̶M̶a̶y̶ ̶2̶0̶2̶0̶ ̶@̶ ̶1̶:̶1̶5̶ ̶p̶.̶m̶.̶ (POSTPONED), at the Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum (Victoria Line Carriage, 10 South Access Road, Walthamstow, London, E17 8AX).
Cellist František Brikcius will perform Solo Cello Suites by Ernest Bloch (1880 - 1959) and Stopy for Solo Cello by Irena Kosíková.
This concert commemorates the 140th anniversary of the birth of Swiss-born American composer Ernest Bloch.
In the cooperation with Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum.
Admission £10 (+ £1.37 booking fee). Booking is essential via Eventbrite - http://WalthamForestCelloFest.eventbrite.com .
Book early as seats are limited.
Running time: 45-60 minutes.
- Sorry, no wheelchair access to concert - 6 steps to climb
- Free entry to museum, open 11am to 4pm
- Tea, coffee and light food available on site
- Wheelchair access to toilets and refreshments
Sunday 21st June 2020 @ 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
@ 7:30 p.m. (10:30 p.m.)
MAKE MUSIC DAY and the 2nd WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST 2020 in London invite you to MAKE MUSIC DAY - Individual Cello Online Lesson via Zoom.
Introduction to Individual Cello Online Lessons will take place on Sunday 21st June 2020 @ 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. (cca 15 minutes slots), online via Zoom.
All ages and abilities are welcome.
Contact Cello Tutor for more details and request a TASTER LESSON!
Book your online cello lesson now (limited number of sessions) - http://CelloTutor.Brikcius.com .
For more details follow #WFCF20 @WalhamForestCelloFest and visit http://CelloTutor.Brikcius.com , https://www.MakeMusicDay.co.uk and http://WalthamForestCelloFest.Brikcius.com .
* In the cooperation with the Cello Academy of the WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST in London
MAKE MUSIC DAY and the 2nd WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST 2020 in London invite you to online streaming of cello concerto MAKANNA.
MAKE MUSIC DAY - Music documentary film MAKANNA on Sunday 21st June 2020 @ 7:30 p.m. online screening (and 10:00 p.m. late online screening) via YouTube.
Music documentary film from the orchestra performance MAKANNA, based on the novel of the Jewish writer Jiří Weil, about the rise and fall of the 7th century false prophet with his face covered with the green veil and his eyes glowing as embers. Music by Irena Kosíková.
Consider supporting the musicians via PayPal https://www.paypal.me/Brikcius or https://ko-fi.com/cellist .
For more details follow #WFCF20 @WalhamForestCelloFest and visit https://filmfreeway.com/MAKANNA , https://www.MakeMusicDay.co.uk and http://WalthamForestCelloFest.Brikcius.com .
Monday 3rd August - Sunday 9th August 2020
The 2nd WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST 2020 in London invites you to the CELLO ACADEMY - Online Summer Cello Master Classes via Zoom / Skype.
Individual Cello Online Lessons will take place daily from Monday 3rd August till Sunday 9th August 2020 @ cca 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (cca 55 minutes slots), online via Zoom or Skype.
FRANTIŠEK BRIKCIUS - CELLO, CHAMBER MUSIC
ANNA BRIKCIUSOVÁ - CELLO
Book your One-to-One Cello OnLine Summer Course now (limited number of accepted students). It includes FINAL online performance meeting.
All ages (4-99), levels (Initial Grade, Grades 1-8) and abilities (beginner, student, advanced) are welcome!
For more details follow #WFCF20 @WalhamForestCelloFest and visit http://CelloTutor.Brikcius.com and http://WalthamForestCelloFest.Brikcius.com .
- 6 x 50 minutes Cello Lessons (+ 5 minutes for technical set-up)
- FINAL online performance meeting (cca 30 minutes)
- Session times will be in British Summer Time (UTC/GMT +1)
- All ages (4-99), levels (Initial Grade, Grades 1-8) and abilities (beginner, student, advanced) are welcome.
- Sessions will take place via Zoom (or Skype).
- Once you have paid for the course, we will contact you with the login information for the sessions.
December 2020 @ TBC
Czech cellist František Brikcius was born in Prague, into a family with a distinguished cultural background. He has been playing the cello since early childhood. Following his cello studies at the Prague Conservatoire, he completed his Master's degree at the Janáček Academy of Music (JAMU) in the Czech republic. He furthered his cello skills at the Toho Gakuen Academy in Japan and later under the guidance of legendary cellist Prof. Anna Shuttleworth (student of Pablo Casals) in the United Kingdom (Eton Cello Master Classes and the University of Leeds).
František won the 2nd prizes at the Anglo-Czech Competition in London (1999), the International String Competition London (2000) and the International String Competition Jihlava (2003). He has been awarded many scholarships and fellowships, including the Czech Music Foundation (CHF), the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the Music Foundation OSA, the Socrates-Erasmus, and the Gideon Klein Foundation for the propagation of works written by Jewish Holocaust Composers. He chose to dedicate his life to the interpretation of cello compositions written by composers of the 17th, 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, giving special consideration to compositions for solo cello. His favourites are cello suites by Johann Sebastian Bach, Max Reger, Ernest Bloch and Benjamin Britten.
He is particularly involved in researching, studying and performing works by Czech (Antonín Dvořák, Leoš Janáček, Bohuslav Martinů, Josef Suk and Irena Kosíková), Jewish & Terezín (Gideon Klein, Erwin Schulhoff, Zikmund Schul, Jaromír Weinberger, James Simon and David Popper) and contemporary composers (Conrad Beck, Luciano Berio, Pierre Boulez, Benjamin Britten, Henri Dutilleux, Wolfgang Fortner, Alberto Ginastera, Cristobal Halffter, Hans Werner Henze, Heinz Holliger, Klaus Huber and Witold Lutoslawski), playing on a "George Kriwalski" cello made in 1904.
Together with his sister Anna Brikciusová, he is a founder member of the "Duo Brikcius". He is artistic director of FESTIVAL BRIKCIUS - Chamber Music Concert Series in Prague (since 2012), BACH FESTIVAL GERS in France (since 2016) and WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST 2019 (the 1st London Borough of Culture meets Classical Music) in London.
František works as independent film-maker as well. His first music documentary film MAKANNA (in the cooperation with the Jewish Museum in Prague and under the auspices of Sir Tom Stoppard and Václav Havel) was already screened in the Czech republic, China, Mexico and Portugal. Currently he is working on new music documentary film eSACHERe (2020).
As a soloist František has performed at many festivals in Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liberland, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Sweden, Turkey, Uzbekistan and the United Kingdom.
František is giving cello master classes in France, Italy and the UK. He was invited to be a member of film jury for the Baku International Cinema Festival in Azerbaijan and music jury for the Berliner International Music Competition in Germany.
More information about František Brikcius and his many cello projects is available on the websites https://www.Brikcius.com , https://www.YouTube.com/FrantisekBrikcius, https://www.FaceBook.com/Brikcius , https://Instagram.com/Brikcius and http://Twitter.com/Brikcius .
Czech organist and composer Irena Kosíková was born in Prague into the intellectual family of prohibited philosopher Karel Kosík and literary scientist Růžena Grebeníčková, the Herder prize laureate.
She began her organ studies with Prof. Jan Hora, together with piano lessons given by Prof. Eliška Kleinová and Prof. Arnoštka Grünfeldová. Irena Kosíková studied organ performance (Prof. Jaroslava Potměšilová) and conducting (Prof. Karel Fiala) at Ježek's Conservatory. For political reasons she was refused to further her studies. She took private composition lessons with Prof. Miroslav Raichl.
Finally after the Velvet Revolution she was accepted at the Janáček Academy of Music (JAMU) in Brno into the organ class of Prof. Alena Veselá and Prof. Kamila Klugarová. She graduated at the Academy of Music (HAMU) in Prague, under the guidance of Prof. Josef Popelka.
Irena Kosíková now gives organ concerts and intensively compose. Her works have been performed in the Czech Republic, Algeria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Israel, Poland, Russia, Turkey, Sweden and in the United Kingdom. As an organist she specialises in the interpretation of organ works written by Johann Sebastian Bach: including performances of the complete Organ Toccatas, Voluntaries, Leipzig Chorales, The Art of Fugue, Organ Mass.
She is one of the six chosen composers (Jiří Matys, Petr Hejný, Jan Jirásek, Luboš Fišer, Miloš Štědroň and Irena Kosíková) of the project "Prague - Brno: 6 Contemporary Composers", held under the auspices of Václav Havel.
For the celebration of the Year of Jewish Culture - 100 Years of the Jewish Museum in Prague, she wrote orchestra composition "7 Candles" introduced, together with the work of murdered "Terezín" composers Gideon Klein (1919 - 1945) and Pavel Haas (1899 - 1944), in Prague and Terezín.
On the occasion of the 110th anniversary commemoration of the birth of Jewish writer Jiří Weil (1900 - 1959), Irena Kosíková was commissioned to create ballet "MAKANNA" for voice, cello and orchestra, it's concert performance was held under the auspices of Sir Tom Stoppard and Václav Havel. Live recording is available on Supraphonline.cz and iTunes.
Music cooperation with the Talich Chamber Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, cellist Anna Brikciusová, Czech pianist Tomáš Víšek, cellist František Brikcius, siblings cello chamber ensemble Duo Brikcius, Czech Maestro Jan Talich and Russian conductor Mischa Rachlevsky.
Organ compositions in the interpretation of Irena Kosíková are published on YouTube, currently complete performance of Leipzig Chorales.
She currently resides in France. For more information about Czech composer and organist Irena Kosíková visit websites https://www.iKosik.com , https://www.Youtube.com/IrenaKosikova , https://www.Facebook.com/Kosikova.Irena , https://Twitter.com/IrenaKosikova and https://www.Instagram.com/IrenaKosikova .
Czech cellist and poet Anna Brikciusová was born in Prague, into a family with a distinguished cultural background. She began to play the cello in early childhood. After her studies at the Prague Conservatory in the cello classes of Prof. Jaroslav Kulhan and Prof. Viktor Moučka, Anna graduated under the tutelage of Prof. Vladan Kočí. Tutorials with Prof. Stanislav Apolín. She has actively participated in many international cello master classes, the French Academy (Prof. J. Bárta), the Jihlava International Master Classes (Prof. D. Sella, Prof. E. Rattay) and the International Cello Interpretation Master classes (Prof. S. Apolín). She has performed in the Czech Republic, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom.
Currently she is also writing. Anna Brikciusová was a nominee for the Dresdner Lyrikpreis, her collection of short stories "Eutanazie" was published by H+H (edited by Jan Suk), her poems were published at the Revolver Revue, Souvislosti, Protimluv. Anna's collection of poems "Kolibří úsměv" was published by Protimluv (edited by Jan Suk). In 2018 she was awarded international residency scholarship of the Visegrad Literary Residency Programme. Her autumnal yearly show is part of the Festival Poetry Day and the Daniel Pearl World Music Days. Her poem "Podzimni" was chosen for the Best Czech Poems 2018 anthology (Host). Recently her collection of poems "Do bouře" was released by Nakladatelství Bor (2020).
Anna Brikciusová plays a "Benjamin Patocka" cello made in 1913. Together with her brother František Brikcius, she is a founder member of the "Duo Brikcius". More information is available on websites http://Anna.Brikcius.com .
Duo Brikcius is a Czech chamber music ensemble created by two promising young cellists (brother and sister), Anna Brikciusová and František Brikcius. Both founding members are well acquainted with the solo cello repertoire, but decided to increase their repertoire with music written for this unusual combination (with great hidden potential) of two cellos. The main aims of Duo Brikcius are to study and perform works written for two cellos, enable the creation and performance of works that are not well known to the audience, encourage contemporary composers regardless of nationality or age), to create music for this ensemble, maintain the tradition of established composers, present Czech music culture abroad and bring to other people the joy of music.
Duo Brikcius has appeared in many festivals (for example Chotěbořské jaro, Boskovice, Baščaršijske noći, Duo Brikcius - 2 Cellos Tour, Dvořák festival, European days of Jewish culture, Století andělů a ďáblů v Pošumaví, Daniel Pearl Music Festival, Festival Culturel International de Musique Symphonique, Festival Smetanovské dny, Festival Brikcius, Festival Baroko v krvi, Bach Festival Gers) both in the Czech republic and abroad (Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, etc.). More details are available on the website http://Festival.Brikcius.com .
- Sorry, no wheelchair access to concert - 6 steps to climb
- Free entry to museum, open 11am to 3pm
- Tea, coffee and light food available on site
- Wheelchair access to toilets and refreshments
Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum
10 South Access Road, Walthamstow, E17 8AX, London
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The Parish Church of Ss Peter and Paul
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