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In Focus: JS Bach and the Piccolo Cello

Dates
19 October 2020, 7:00pm

Venue
Online

Tickets
Free

In Focus: JS Bach and the Piccolo Cello

Dates
19 October 2020, 7:00pm

Venue
Online

Tickets
Free

Jobine Siekman piccolo cello

Jobine Siekman explores JS Bach’s Cello Suite no 6 in D major and RCM compositions specially written for a five-stringed baroque instrument.

An intriguing addition to the world of stringed instruments, the Piccolo Cello was first used in Baroque music and then re-popularised centuries later by cellist Amaryllis Fleming. An alumna of the RCM and devoted to chamber music, Fleming was the first modern cellist to play Bach’s sixth cello suite as it was originally intended.

The term ‘violoncello piccolo’, features in many of Bach’s cantatas, with the parts written in a variety of clefs, showing the instrument's relatively wide range. We invite you to listen to this five-stringed cello’s inimitable sound, recorded at the RCM for this specially commissioned film.


In Focus is an RCM initiative to share unique areas of music-making at the College with our audiences. Designed to be watched online, our immersive films offer viewers the chance to experience the warmth, intimacy and richness of chamber music, wherever they are.

Filmed across our state-of-the-art venues, roving cameras offer audiences a unique perspective on our musicians’ technique and on-stage communication during the performance. There will also be the opportunity to hear more about the music direct from the performers and to discover the intriguing stories behind the programmes through the range of artefacts, instruments and paintings held in the RCM’s treasured collections.

How to watch

This event will be broadcast as a YouTube and Facebook Premiere. Join us online for live chat and to watch with audiences all over the world. If you can’t make it for the premiere event you can catch-up in your own time; the video will be available to watch on-demand afterwards.

Support the RCM

The RCM’s autumn season is free to watch online, but the College welcomes gifts of every size to its Scholarships Fund, through which talented young musicians can access world-class education, regardless of their financial means. More than 50% of RCM students currently receive financial support from the College, but with rising tuition fees and costs of living set against a backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, your support is more vital than ever.

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