Cello Octet Amsterdam will be rising to the challenge of performing an arrangement of one of the most influential albums of all time. In 1967, it broke just about every ‘law’ of rock & roll imaginable – no singles, but a concept album on which The Beatles recorded their musical experiments, knowing full well that they would never perform them live.

The arrangements were an enormous challenge, both technically and artistically. There was only one person we could ask to take this on – the Dutch-American composer, guitarist and pop singer David Dramm.


Photography: Merlijn Doomernik
Direction: Titus Tiel Groenestege
Design: Dieuweke van Reij

Original cover design: Jann Haworth and Peter Blake

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About the Octet

Cello Octet Amsterdam is a unique and multifaceted ensemble that has become a household name both nationally and internationally.
“Eight top cellists… Total technical perfection, intensity and colourful interpretation” said the iconic magazine The Strad about them. Cello Octet Amsterdam stands for new music and works with today’s most remarkable composers, including Xenakis, Gubaidulina, Pärt, Boulez, Loevendie, Riley, Kagel, Glass and many others.

The octet has performed over 70 world premieres, most of which were especially written for and dedicated to the octet. Upon hearing the premiere of his first work for the octet, Arvo Pärt, who has become a close friend of the octet, said: ” This octet is a piece of gold, I’ve discovered this ensemble ten years too late.”

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“The sound and warmth of these eight cellos is enchanting!”

Hadewych Minis

“This octet is a piece of gold, I've discovered this ensemble ten years too late.”

Arvo Pärt

“… this ensemble is a treasure indeed, a fine example to the world of music… Everywhere I play: Brazil, Japan, the US, people want to talk to me about the Cello Octet…”

Yo Yo Ma

“Eight top cellists… Total technical perfection, intensity and colourful interpretation"

The Strad


October 2020

Sat 24 Oct, 15:00
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Cello Band
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam
Sat 24 Oct
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Cello Band
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
Sat 24 Oct, 12:00
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Cello Band
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, Amsterdam
Sat 24 Oct
Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Cello Band
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ

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Canto Ostinato

A unique CD of a truly special composition.


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