Welcome, and thank you for taking the time to look at my news page!
I continue to work regularly with the BBC Symphony orchestra and am currently undertaking a trial period to become a full time member. Highlights this year include the season opener in which we performed Brahms Symphony no 1 and Haydn’s Cello Concerto with Paul Watkins, Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliette and Renee Fleming’s lush, soporific Ravel and Debussy. I am also very much looking forward to travelling with the orchestra to the Orkney Isles to play in the Magnus Festival and to once again performing in the Last Night of the Proms.
Perhaps the events I look forward to most every year though are the Cello Gathering courses. (www.cellogathering.com) For over forty years my mum, Sue Lowe, has brought together some of the finest teachers in the world and created a warm, welcoming, family environment in order to help people learn. This years Easter course was no exception and was made memorable as all the teachers, Brendel, Doumenge, Hopkins, Tim Lowe and myself, joined forces to perform Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise, amongst other things, in a teacher’s chamber music concert.
The Summer Course, which I direct, is smaller in number and whilst keeping the warm environment provides a wholistic experience, trying to encourage people to engage in their own learning process, with discussion seminars, informal platforms and coached chamber music, on top of their daily individual lesson. It is a privilege to be able to help others blossom, whether it be, technically, physically, or mentally and I can’t wait for the August Course.
I continue to enjoy my teaching at Eton. Ability varies greatly and there are many different reasons why people take lessons. It is always a challenge to find ways to get across my knowledge, to enthuse, and to help those with whom I come into contact learn the lessons of life through music. The annual “Cellos of Eton” concert, which Sue Lowe and myself put on, was exception and included a wonderful Popper Requiem and Gordon Jacob Octet. I also recently coached a piano trio to the final of the Pro Corda National Chamber Music Competition. There are moments when I have to remind myself that these people are not music college students!
My solo and chamber music recitals inspire me to want to keep improving. Working closely with my friend and pianist John Paul Ekins is something I treasure greatly as we explore music together from its structure and harmony, to its imagery and spontinaity. We have concerts planned for the second half of the year in Newbury, York, Eton and Guildford. We also both return to Canturbury University to do a lunch time concert and afternoon of masterclasses.
Finally, some very exciting personal news as my wife, Colleen, and I are expecting little Lowe at the beginning of August. We are obviously delighted and looking forward to yet another new chapter of our lives.