The Simple Gifts Cello Project invites cellists of all abilities to submit a video recording and a donation to the charity Rise Against Hunger


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The Simple Gifts Cello Project is a collaboration between The Cello Museum and the non-profit organisation, Rise Against Hunger, with the aim to raise funds for meals for those who are hungry.

Cellists of all levels are invited to submit a video recording of the traditional Shaker tune ’Simple Gifts,’ which will be edited into a collective video performance. While there is no fee to participate, cellists are encouraged to make a donation to Rise Against Hunger to accompany their video submission. There are four parts for participants to choose from, depending on player ability. 

The project aims to raise $10,000 for Rise Against Hunger, a global movement to end hunger by empowering communities, nourishing lives and responding to emergencies.

Curator of The Cello Museum, Dr Brenda Neece, was compelled to raise funds for Rise Against Hunger, as the charity was a favourite of her first music teacher, Roberta Pittman.

The deadline for submissions is 16 January 2024. For more information on the project and how to take part, click here.

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