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The Cellist, a ballet from the Royal Opera House. by Cathy Marston

Youtube. 29th May at 7.00pm for one week.

The instrument lies unplayed.

Awoken by echoes of past performances, the instrument is inspired to tell the story of a great player.

How a little girl heard the sound of the cello and fell in love with it.

How her mother started to teach her, until her abundant talent far outgrew her mother's teaching.

How a new teacher opened the way to a community of peerless music-makers, where she met a conductor, who became her colleague and soulmate: their love impelled by music.

How they became celebrities, their fame amplified by many recordings.

How they married and embarked upon a whirlwind circuit of touring and concerts.

Until the cellist found herself begining to flag, unable to keep up and the couple's relationship started to unravel.

Because the cellist was battling more than tiredness: she was sick, an illness that would destroy her nerves, cut short her career and in the end her life.

How then the cellist fought to keep playing and when she could fight no more, shut away the instrument and fell silent.

How she lost her voice, but inspires still: the music she made resonating onward, etched in the memories of those who heard her and the recordings she left behind.

With nothing else going on, I recorded Winnie the Pooh as bedtime stories for my great nieces. Do please download and listen, if you would like. I hope you enjoy it. 

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© William Elliott 2018