Development and stimulation of young talent is the core enterprise of the Cello Biennale Amsterdam; introducing the cello to young children and students, teaching them how to play the cello, and promoting classical music among this group are major activities within this context. Hello Cello has become the face of the educative projects by the Cello Biennale designed to serve this cause and includes the Hello Cello Orchestra with 160 children form throughout the country, De Bestorming - developed for primary schools - the Hello Cello Days in Eindhoven, Zwolle, Rotterdam/Den Haag and Amstelveen and the production the Cello KlankLab.
Hello Cello Orchestra
160 cellists up to 18 years old from all over the Netherlands play in this cello-orchestra. Rehearsals are organized in four different Dutch regions, during which the composer, together with a number of conservatory cello students, works with the orchestra to perform music specially composed for them. This serves as preparation for the concert in the Grote Zaal of the Muziekgebouw during the Biennale. When the big moment arrives, the hall is packed with fathers, mothers, sisters and brothers, grandparents, and friends from all over the country.
Every Biënnale the Hello Cello Orchestra is lead by another musician. The composer for the Hello Cello Orchestra 2018 is jazz violinist and composter Tim Kliphuis. Sietse-Jan Weijenberg, solo cellist of the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, will be this years soloist.
The Hello Cello Orchestra will give the special performance on Saturday, October 20, 2018, in the Grote Zaal Muziekgebouw. Reserving tickets will not be possible; admission is free.
For questions regarding the Hello Cello Orchestra, please refer to Tjakina Oosting.
All cellists up to 18 years old are welcome to participate, given they are able to play one of the parts. The costs to participate are €17,50.
The orchestra is divided into three sections, that in turn include two parts:
- Advanced (group 1A and 1B)
- Average (group 2A and 2B)
- Beginners (group 3A and 3B)
Hello Cello Orkest over the years
Hello Cello Days
The Hello Cello Day is a mini fesival for the whole family preceding the Cello Biënnale. In 2018 they will take place in in Zwolle, Eindhoven, The Hague, and Amstelveen. One of the highlights is the performance of the Hello Cello Orchestra with children from the city and its surroundings.
The day starts of with Bach&Breakfast (listening to Bach while having some breakfast), followed by a masterclass, a performance for children by Cello8ctet Amsterdam and Oorkaan,a performance by the Hello Cello Orchestra and a final concert with talented young cellists. Just like the Cello Biënnale there are workshops, try-out lessons and a festival market with luthiers, CD-shops and more.
De Bestorming is an educational project by the Cello Biennale for elementary schools in neighborhoods where children are not easily exposed to classical music. The project takes place at elementary schools in the same places the Hello Cello Day is organized (Amstelveen, The Hague, Eindhoven, and Zwolle), and the city where the Cello Biennale takes place, Amsterdam. De Bestorming is a collaboration of the Cello Biennale and the Cello8ctet Amsterdam, Oorkaan, and the Prinses Christina Concours.
De Bestorming is a project in which elementary schools are literally stormed by a “cello guerilla,” and are occupied for the day by cellists. The cellists replace the teachers, create a performance with the children, and introduce them to classical music in the Classic Express, the mobile concert hall of the Prinses Christina Concours. In Amsterdam, the children will visit the Cello Biennale after. They visit the Bimhuis to see the performance Cellokrijgers (Cello Warrios), by Cello8ctet Amsterdam and OORkaan.
In Amstelveen, The Hague, Eindhoven, and Zwolle, the schools visit private performances of Cellokrijgers in the theatre or concert hall. The children recognize the music and the cellists: they are the same people that stormed their schools!
The Cello as a Welcome
‘The Cello as a Welcome’ is an initiative of the Cello Biennale Amsterdam and takes place in the city of Groningen. The project introduces children of refugees with a residence permit (status holders) to the cello and connects them through music with Dutch children. Cello lessons are given to small groups consisting of both Dutch children and children of status holders.
During the project the children are motivated to play and work together. This proces connects the two groups of children and together they learn to create something completely new. The Dutch language only plays a minor role. It is the language of music which helps them understand each other. The first phase of the project has already come to an end with a smashing performance during the Hello Cello Day in Zwolle.
Children’s and family performances
The Cello Biennale has much to offer, also for children who don’t play the cello. The Biennale encourages producers, musicians, and directors to make new productions about the cello for children and toddlers. These performances take place a few times during the Biennale (in the Bimhuis and the Kleine Zaal), and continue to be performed all over the country. And because this coming Cello Biennale is planned during fall break, extra performances will be scheduled. One of these shows is the newly produced Cellokrijgers (Cello Warriors) by Cello8ctet Amsterdam and Oorkaan, a performance inspired by martial arts, featuring music mostly written by Giovanni Sollima.