Help! My cello is full of bees

Help! My cello is full of bees


norman lebrecht

June 27, 2019

Bee Hive Cello is a collaboration with Dr Martin Bencsik (Nottingham Trent University), Wolfgang Buttress and Langar Hall Hotel ( A swarm of bees was encouraged to settle in a reclaimed cello to make it their home. The cello was strung and tuned to the key of C. The vibrational noises are being collected and recorded to create a musical soundscape and will contribute to a musical performance later in the year.




  • Pianofortissimo says:

    Coming next season: rattlesnakes in a piano.

  • Brian says:

    “My hovercraft is full of eels”…

  • John Rook says:

    ‘My hovercraft is full of eels’. Shame it wasn’t tuned to B.

  • Ben G. says:

    Let it bee, let it bee………..

  • Ruben Greenberg says:

    What won’t people do to generate buzz?!

  • Rachelle Goldberg says:

    Is one supposed to play Flight of the Bumble Bee at the same time?

  • Larry W says:

    To fix that buzz, a luthier would need to use hive glue.

  • Paul Carlile says:

    Appropriately enough, signed “Bee Bee- See, Radio Nottingham.” Hi’ve a hunych it’s drone on purpose. The cello will have been highly stung – to B or not to B….? No, to C.

  • The View from America says:

    Oh, joy.

  • ioana says:

    I despise all people who use animals for entertainment Have respect for life!

    • Andy says:

      I’m with you, Ioana. It’s a cheap shot to use a form of animal or insect life for click bait. How will they tolerate the vibration of the instrument? What will happen to them after the performance? -Andy 35 yr. beekeeper

      • Ioana Datcu says:

        Thank you! I love bees and value them for their role in nature. I am worried since they are close to extinction in some states. Using them for one time performance by those 3 men, who call themselves musicians, shows only their desperation to become famous.