The anonymous cellist of Westminster Bridge

The anonymous cellist of Westminster Bridge


norman lebrecht

April 19, 2019

This beautiful portrait was taken yesterday by the mezzo-soprano Siobhain Gibson during the climate protests in London. Do we know who he is? What he’s playing?

Why is it always a cellist?


  • Luciana says:

    For once is not Capuçon…

  • Last moment fill in for YoYo?

  • Robert Groen says:

    He’s playing the cello, Norman.

  • Bruce says:

    “Why is it always a cellist?”

    – Nobility of sound
    – Vulnerability while playing (must play seated; immobilized, can’t easily duck/ dodge/ run away)

  • Amber Dill says:

    After the “global warming” meme as a method of brainwashing the credulous public and extracting more taxes was finally discredited, the controllers have changed their tack to “climate change” even though there are still no data to support any of their claims and the models purporting to predict future climate parameters are useless. More disquietingly, they have now resorted to indoctrinating schoolchildren to spread the propaganda.

    But if cello playing will “save the planet”, who could possibly object? At least the cello won’t spontaneously combust like a Tesla electric automobile.

  • Kananpoika says:

    Janos Starker put it quite succinctly: “The ‘cello can
    only weep.”

  • Boag says:

    Looks to me like he’s playing Casals’ “Song of the Birds” unaccompanied…

  • Questionable Questioner says:

    Isn’t he often outside Embankment tube after shows?