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14 December 2018, 10:32
In a recent visit to see his nephews, star cellist Guy Johnston got out his 1714 David Tecchler cello and played a special concert just for them
A cello, a resonant dining room and am eager, seated audience – that's all you need for a solo cello recital, isn't it? In this lovely video, cellist Guy Johnston serenades his young audience (who just happen to be his two nephews) with a Bourrée from Bach's Cello Suite No. 3 and the appropriately festive 'Silent Night'.
It's wonderful to see the way the babies respond – dancing for the Bach, and then transfixed for the lullaby.
Guy will be playing at the 100th anniversary Nine Lessons and Carols at King’s College Cambridge on Christmas Eve, premiering a new carol at the service.
Bach's Cello Suites are fantastic for people of all ages, but their dance movement, gentle timbre and uncomplicated musical genius make them the perfect pieces to play for babies.