Audience Snapshots – The Hendrix Of The Cello’s Return

Posted on November 11, 2013

Last Friday Camerata were joined on the RNCM stage again by astonishing Italian cellist Giovanni Sollima, after a mesmerising performance with us in 2011.

With a full house and standing ovation, it is safe to say it was a night that will be remembered by all for a while to come. The ensemble stunned the audience with a fantastic programme which included some of Sollima’s own compositions, followed by a thrilling array of virtuosic encores, including a witty arrangement of Hendrix’s ‘Angel’ to suit Sollima’s new-found nickname.

BBC Radio 6 Music

“He gives himself so completely to the performance, he’s just so full of passion and joy and wit… He moves around his instrument like Charlie Chaplin would move around a beautiful girl” – Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC Radio 6 Music

Catch Sollima while you can on Radio 6 iplayer with Mary Anne Hobbs, where he talks about his passion for the cello. Don’t miss the excerpt of the stunning Vibrez which follows – a captivating piece which Camerata had the pleasure to programme in 2011.

Watch the video playlist below to hear first hand some thoughts on the evening from some of those lucky enough to be part of the audience.

“What a great orchestra, really very special and always searching for sound” – Giovanni Sollima