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‘The Highway Cello’ with Kenneth Wilson
21st February @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm£10
A Words on Wednesday event with a difference
‘The Highway Cello’ is about Kenneth Wilson’s journey, on a bike, and with his cello, from Hadrian’s Wall to Rome. Kenneth will be reading, talking about his journey, answering your questions and playing the cello.
Kenneth Wilson is an ex-vicar, failed property developer, and reformed vegetarian, who once ran an India travel company.
Now, as Highway Cello, he plays a wide variety of solo cello music – ranging from Bach to Bond (007, that is), tango and Irish airs. The cello is sometimes abetted – sometimes subverted – by an arresting and acid poetical commentary.
Kenneth Wilson plays the cello with a moving and sonorous passion. He is the author of The Definitions of Kitchen Verbs, and Orange Dust: Journeys After the Buddha, which His Holiness the Dalai Lama described as “inspirational”.
In 2022 Kenneth cycled with his cello from Hadrian’s Wall to Rome, performing every day en route. The book of this adventure was published by City Village as Highway Cello, and now he also offers a performance telling that story through readings and music.
You can read more about that, and some of Kenneth’s other projects, as well as listen to some of his performance on the website.
“A wry perspective, an edge to his bow. Arresting.” – The Cumberland and Westmorland Herald
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