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8 Cellos

Melbourne Cello Octet

This concert will bring together eight of Australia’s premiere cellists performing an incredible range of repertoire from Sacred works of J.S. Bach to Brazilian folk and pop music, Beethoven Overtures to fiery Spanish dances, and many more.

A range of exquisite arrangements for cello ensemble will feature, including a brand new arrangement of the Beethoven Coriolan Overture by renowned Australian composer, Lee Bradshaw. An arrangement of a sacred work of J.S. Bach by internationally-renowned cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason will precede the virtuosic Polonaise de Concert by David Popper and the impassioned Ritual Fire Dance by Manuel de Falla.

An arrangement by our own Rohan de Korte of the Allegri Miserere will also feature; a piece that was allegedly a closely-guarded secret by the Vatican until it was famously transcribed by a fourteen-year-old Mozart upon a visit to Rome.

A fusion of Brazililan folk and pop music will bring the concert to a close. The famous pop song ‘Mas Que Nada’ written in the 1960s by Jorge Ben arranged for cello ensemble will be followed by a piece written specifically for cello octet – the epic Bachianas Brasileiras by Heitor Villa-Lobos, bringing the performance to an exhilarating conclusion.


Belinda Liew, Joshua Dema, Josephine Vains, Rohan de Korte, Molly Kadarauch, Zoe Knighton, Anna Pokorny, Yelian He

Concert Program:

Ludwig van Beethoven

Coriolan Overture (arr. Lee Bradshaw)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Come Sweet Death (arr. Sheku Kanneh-Mason)

David Popper

Polonaise de Concert (arr. Valter Dešpalj)

Gregorio Allegri

Miserere (arr. Rohan de Korte)

Manuel de Falla

Ritual Fire Dance (arr. R. Leopold)

Jorge Ben

Mas Que Nada (arr. by Valter Dešpalj)

Heitor Villa-Lobos

Bachianas Brasilieras no. 1

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