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OLIVER GLEDHILL

The cellist Oliver Gledhill was a scholar at the Guildhall School of Music and won numerous awards including the ISTEL/Redditch Music Society Competition. He studied with many eminent cellists including William Pleeth, Edmund Kurtz and Andre Navarra, and has given acclaimed recitals at the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room in London, including three in the Kirckman Concert Society Series. Festival appearances have included solo performances in England, France, Italy, Mallorca and the Czech Republic. He has recorded nine CDs, including the complete works for cello by Leon Boellmann, which was awarded five stars for performance by BBC Music Magazine, and has been played on ABC Classic FM (Australian Radio) and RTBF musiq3 (Belgian Radio). Oliver Gledhill is Professor of Cello at the Junior Guildhall School of Music, in London, and also teaches at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree, Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls and Mill Hill School. He has edited music for Peters Edition and Durand. His published writings include articles and reviews for The Strad magazine and the British Journal of Music Education. He is an examiner for Trinity College London, for whom he has selected repertoire and revised the Cello Diploma and Grade Syllabuses. He also composed fifteen graded studies for the TCL Cello Scales technical work book from 2016. As an adjudicator for the British and International Federation of Festivals, he has adjudicated at over one hundred festivals. He completed his doctoral thesis at the Royal Academy of Music/University of London on ‘W.H. Squire, his cello miniatures and the portamento’ in 2013. During the course of his research he discovered a family connection with W.H. Squire: when Squire taught on the new Professional course at the Guildhall School of Music from January 1911 to the summer of 1917, throughout these six years one of his pupils was the adopted son of Oliver Gledhill’s maternal grandfather Boris Spivakowsky, who was himself a concert cellist. The boy was called Henry Spivakowsky (aka Henry Calve) and he performed solos as W.H. Squire’s pupil on more occasions than any other student—nine in all. Starting at the Guildhall aged just eleven, Henry was the same age as Squire had been when Squire first went to the Royal College of Music in 1883. Henry had been brought to England with his dying mother Angelina Calve from Italy after Boris, on his way through Europe from Odessa in Russia, had had a period playing in the Orchestra of the Opera at La Scala, Milan, where Angelina had been a singer.

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