1. Making a Cello.
This film shows the skill and care that go into making a cello, from the felling of a 250 year old spruce in the Jura Mountains to the workshop in Berkshire where Alec McCurdy makes instruments.
He follows in the footsteps of men like William Morris in his belief in respect for materials, integrity of workmanship and fitness for purpose. His skill, care, dedication and enthusiasm come over very strongly as the cello takes shape.
Directed by Roger Hill, the film includes excerpts of solo cello works by Imogen Holst, Bach and contemporary composers
Camera: Roger Hill. 1976.
Running time: 38 mins
A lively interview with Alec McCurdy, made while he was demonstrating cello making at the Colston Hall, Bristol, during an International Cello Festival in 1975
Running time: 7 mins
This film was made in 1966 and 1975, so the film and sound quality is not to modern standards. This should not diminish its value as a historic record.