Audition for the loan of Susanne's Lockey Hill cello
On Wednesday 23 September 2020, The Susanne Beer Cello Corner Foundation will hold an audition for the loan of Susanne Beer’s Lockey Hill cello (c1780), which comes with case and bow. This is the cello that Susanne played on while she was co-principal cellist of the LPO. We hope to be able to conduct the audition in person but if we are unable to do so, it will be by video. Up to five cellists will be chosen for the live audition after video pre-selection.
Who can Apply
Aspiring professional cellists, who are UK residents between the ages of 16-23 can apply. The cello is full size, but slightly smaller than average, so may not be the best fit for everyone.
The loan will be for one year, with possibility to extend each year (subject to review) up to three years. You will pay the insurance and a £250 refundable deposit. The cello and bow should be returned in the same condition in which they are loaned, apart from natural wear. Full terms and conditions and condition report will be provided.
How to Apply
Please send a video (5 to 10 minutes of music, with at least 2 contrasting selections) by 7 September to
Please include name, age, current teacher and titles of the pieces.
The Audition - Wednesday 23 September 2020
At the audition, please include one movement of solo Bach plus one or two contrasting selections, not exceeding 15 minutes. The audition will take place at Tom Woods Cellos in Central London, or by video if in-person is not possible. There will be a short informal interview following the audition.
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LPO Concert in Memory of Susanne Beer
The London Philharmonic Orchestra dedicated a concert to Susanne Beer on 11 March 2020: Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Khatia Buniatishvili (piano) and Pablo Ferrández (cello), Robin Ticciati (conductor) at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre. The program was Beethoven's Triple Concerto and Mahler's Symphony No 1
Future Foundation Fundraiser Plan
Greenwich Trio & Sena Larard (soprano)
Beethoven Piano Trio Op 70 No 2
Brahms Piano Trio No 3
Villa Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No 5 with young cello ensemble directed by Aganieszka Mika.
Sales of 'Cello Diverse' to the Foundation, thanks to Divine Art Records
Susanne’s debut solo album ‘Cello Diverse’ (with pianist Gareth Hancock) contains music by Stravinsky, Brahms and Debussy and a beautiful arrangement of Ennio Morricone’s Gabriel’s Oboe. For every copy bought direct from the Divine Art Records web store (CD or digital) during 2020, Divine Art Records will make a donation to The Susanne Beer Cello Corner Foundation.