New home for 100-year-old cello

Tweed Music cello
Tweed Music cello

Young musician Lauren Shirreff couldn’t believe her luck this week when a highly-valued, 100-year-old cello turned up on her doorstep.

The 11-year-old, who is currently studying for her Grade 3, was chosen by Tweed Music Centre as the lucky recipient for their new loan scheme.

The cello, now on permanent loan to the music centre from Jeremy Brown was originally owned and played by his father many years ago.

When Tweed Music Centre advertised for people to donate instruments they no longer played, Jeremy decided it was time for his father’s magnificent cello to be heard again.

Lauren’s father, Graham said: “This is a dream come true for Lauren. She loves playing and deserves to have the opportunity to play such a beautiful instrument. We can’t thank Jeremy and his family enough. Knowing the history of the cello makes it even more exciting. ”

Lauren is due to showcase her new cello at the first ever ‘Tweed Music Centre Christmas Concert’ at 10.30am this Saturday, December 10 in The Maltings’ Henry Travers Studio. Entry is free.

Anyone wishing to donate or loan instruments to Tweed Music Centre should contact Emma-Jane Hume on 01289 331357.