School of Cello
My aim as an educator and a professional cellist is to introduce the art of cello playing and most importantly the art of music making to both my current and future pupils.
To help create and establish sound cello technique in each pupil from the very start, help them develop necessary skills and further their abilities to such an extent that they can become independent players and musicians in their own right.
To nurture talent of every individual.
To awaken the great joy that comes from cello playing and sharing this special ability with others.
To open a door to the wonderful world of music for each budding cellist.
Over the years, the Rafael Olbrich School of Cello had been recognised locally, nationally and internationally. Our successes include participation in masterclasses in Germany and
Denmark and orchestral performances with The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.
Our students regularly receive awards and prizes at Bromtrey, Beckenharn and Sevenoaks Music Festivals and have previously been asked to perform at Winners Concerts both in Solo and Group classes.
Some of our students have received Music Scholarships at top senior schools in Kent including Eltham College, Sevenoaks School and Tonbridge School. Careful prepaxation and advice is always given to each participant by Rafael Olbrich.
Finally, the School takes pride in preparing our students for their ABRSM cello exams, who often receive Distinctions and Merits at all levels.
Annual concert – Sunday 3 March
Summer programme – July/August
Festivals – Three Arts Festival, Sevenoaks – weekends 8/9 and 15/16 June
Group lessons – they are an essential part of the musical programme which all the pupils are part of. Lesson times are arranged according to the number of children in each group and the level at which they are working
1st quarter (9 lessons) – 3 September – 10 November
(half -term – 22 October – 27 October)
2nd quarter (10 lessons) – 12 November – 2 February
(Christmas break – 23 December – 5 January)
3rd quarter (9 lessons) – 4 February – 27 April
(half-term – 18 February – 23 February)
(Easter break – 8 April – 20 April)
4th quarter (10 lessons) – 29 April – 20 July
(half -term – 27 May – 1 June)
Fees must be paid in advance in the weeks beginning:
Rafael Olbrich MA (Hons) ARCM
Rafael studied cello in Poland, Denmark and Germany, completing his musical education at the Royal College of Music, London.
His tutors included Hans Erik Deckert, Joan Dickson and Erling Bløndal Bengtsson.
He attended numerous master classes in Europe, working with such musicians as
M.Sadlo, K.Wilkomirski, I. Monighetti, R. Jablonski, W.Pleeth, I.Shahovskaya and Chilingarian Quartet.
Rafael gained his orchestral experience by working with Silesian State Symphony Orchestra, Polish Chamber Orchestra, CBSO – Birmingham, SOI – Mumbai, Stadttheather Giessen.
Since 1988 he is a permanent member of European Cello Academy (Orchestra of 12 Cellists). The ensemble performed widely in Europe and South America under the baton of Hans Erik Deckert (DK).
As a former member of Silesian String Quartet, Simply Classic Ensemble and Duo Cellissimo, Rafael gave concerts throughout Europe and USA.
Before founding Rafael Olbrich School of Cello in 1992 he tought at Hill House, London and substituted for J. Dickson at RCM Junior Department, London amongst others.