Fans of classical music from the Beds, Bucks and Herts area are campaigning to raise £40,000 so that a young cello prodigy can have an instrument of his own.
Alex Rolton has been lent the 1730 cello for a fund-raising recital at the Hockliffe Street Baptist Church and his supporters are hoping that the event will help to further his career.
Otto Polling, who is a family friend of Alex’s is taking charge of the fundraising efforts. He said: “Studying at the Royal Academy of Music Alex has so far been able to borrow a high class instrument but on finishing his studies he will no longer have a fine cello of his own to pursue his career.
“Through a legacy this beautiful cello has come onto the market but it is expensive and, as Alex is just starting out, he cannot get a bank loan for such a sum so he has launched a cello appeal looking for help towards raising the funds to secure a deal.
“I’m calling on all my friends and acquaintances to come and support this young musician’s cause.”
Alex has been playing the cello from a young age and was born into a musical family. He has studied under famed cellist Robert Max and is now a principal cellist for the Royal Academy of Music opera and symphony orchestras. He recently played at the premiere of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ opera Kommilitonen and a highly acclaimed performance of Hindemith’s Kammermusik No 1 conducted by Yan Pascal Tortelier.
Alex is a cellist in the Artesian Quartet and a former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
His performance will include a Bach suite and a Beethoven sonata.