Great Southern Festival

Romantic Cello


Sat 22 Feb 2014

Formerly Recital at the Rocks

Featuring cellists Rachel Johnston, Janis Laurs, Louise McKay and pianist Anna Sleptsova.


Brahms E minor Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op.38
Popper Requiem
Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.15

90 mins no interval

Please note the event date was misprinted in the Great Southern brochure and will be held on sat 22nd Feb not Sun 23rd Feb as printed. We apologise for any confusion. 


Players & Makers, Sat 22 Feb, 10am

Paul Davies, Mel Robinson and Rachel Johnston present a history of the cello from early viols to today’s electro-acoustic hybrids. Join us as we explore the evolution of the instrument and imagine its future. Musically illustrated with an array of exquisite works from Bach and Barrierre through to contemporary pieces.

Composer and Cellist, Sat 22 Feb, 11am

What happens when a player picks up the pen? Iain Grandage leads us through the development of cello music as driven by player-composers from Boccherini to contemporary writers such as himself. With plenty of musical moments provided by Iain and other Playmakers musicians.

Singer and Player, Sun 23 Feb, 10am

Mel Robinson and Peter Grayling take the cello out of the concert hall and the concert hall out of the cello. They discuss improvisation, singing while playing and finding your nonclassical groove.

Local Cello Heroes, Sun 23 Feb, 11am

Albany-raised cellist Kiersten Fage meets visiting Playmakers cellists in a master class that reveals the behind-the-scenes instruction and advice that builds great players. The master class will give valuable insights to students, teachers and professional musicians.

You can view and download the program here.


Image: Andrew Halsall supplied by City of Albany



Sat 22 Feb 2014
The Rocks, Albany

Sat 22 Feb, 4:30pm


General Admission $59
Friends $55

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