Lucia Capellaro – Baroque Cello/Viola da Gamba

What do you do?

I play the baroque cello mainly, but you can also find me playing the ‘normal’ cello, and the gamba, and once in a blue moon the bass guitar. I am also pretty keen on music education in general, and making music accessible to everyone no matter their circumstance.

What excites you musically?

Freedom! Or lack thereof.

What do you have coming up next?

I am currently looking into Italian cellists who were influential in the UK during the18th century, for some upcoming concerts. My new favourite is Antoniotto.

Alex asks Lucia – What’s your ideal ‘spirit instrument’ (that you don’t already play) and how does it feel about early music?

Hmmm well it has to be anything bass related, and anything super repetitive… perhaps the double bass (which is pretty down with early music I’d say), or honestly, one of those little one octave keyboards with a synth playing one really, really low note… for minutes at a time… that would make me happy.

When I was a teenager I wanted to record a solo cabasa album, but I didn’t get very far with that, so I’m not sure I can call it my spirit instrument. I’m not sure the cabasa is that into early music – not enough metal.

Rory asks Lucia – What’s the most unusual venue you’ve performed in?

Ah at first this seemed hard, I was thinking maybe a Victorian water tower in a psychiatric hospital, or underneath a skyscraper in an underground lake, but then I remembered Brexit… I saw Brexit into existence on a nudist camp in Kent – we had been playing at a naked jazz and real ale festival, and spent the evening in a marquee decorated in the Union Jack flag having heated discussions with naked people about whether or not Brexit would happen and whether it was a good idea or not.