Coffee Concert

Sunday 9th June 2024 – 10.30 am

Join us for a glorious Sunday morning of coffee and cakes
followed by a wonderful cello duo.

Tickets £12 (£2) – including coffee and cake

Dale Culliford, cello

Damion Browne, cello

Jean-Baptiste Barrière – Sonata No 10 
Joseph Haydn –  Duo
Reinhold Glière – Duets
Bela Bartok – Duos
Carlos Gardel (arr. Diego Collatti) – Melodia de Arrabal

Damion Browne started learning the cello aged 7 in New Zealand. On his family’s return to the UK he studied with Michal Kaznowski, then at the RNCM Junior School and the RNCM with Emma Ferrand, graduating in 1996. He furthered his studies with Gregor Horsch in Amsterdam. 
He subsequently built up a busy and varied freelance career, working with the Hallé, Opera North, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Manchester Camerata, and the Northern Chamber Orchestra, as well as playing in festivals around the country, including Conwy, Ryedale, Endellion and Glossop. 
In addition, he has enjoyed teaching for some 25 years, and is a keen supporter of music education, having worked on many projects with both the Hallé and Opera North. In 2021, Damion was appointed a full-time member of the Orchestra of Opera North.

Dale Culliford was born in New Zealand and with the aid of a NZ Arts Council Scholarship studied in London with Tanya Prochazka and Steven Isserlis. Dale has played extensively in concert halls all over the world with many of Britain’s top orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. She was a member of the orchestra of the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, and previously played with the Guildhall String Ensemble.  Since 1998 she has been a member of the Hallé Orchestra as sub-principal cellist. She has performed in many of the major London venues, including appearances at the Wigmore Hall, South Bank, St John’s Smith Square and St Martin in the Fields. 
Alongside this busy schedule she enjoys playing chamber music with many friends and colleagues. She founded the Coffee Concert series at Spring Bank Arts in New Mills, as well as a partner series in Bakewell Town Hall.
Dale is also passionate about teaching cello from beginners through to advanced players, as well as adult learners of all stages. She is also involved in many educational activities including coaching youth orchestras and teaching cello workshops with a particular focus on a holistic and well-being approach to playing, using her training as a teacher of Alexander Technique.