From Rock to Classical & from Opera to Pop, Cello Diva is no ordinary cellist…
Aside from evident mastery of the instrument... Maer's lovely, deep tone and silky elastic touch is evocative...Liz Seymour - Arts Hub News Wire Review: Cello Diva, Bed of Roses
Maer is part of a new breed, bringing a refreshing, versatile approach to performances.Josephine Allison - The West Australian
From the pavements of Covent Garden to the Sydney Symphony, Maer's career brings new life to the tired concept of boundary pushing.Alexandra Coughlan - Time Out Magazine, Sydney
Sally... radiates empathy and understanding. She brings those qualities to her music.Robert Titterton, Chairman of the Sydney Omega Ensemble.
- ABC Classics Album release "CELTIC CELLO" available 15th April 2016
- Elgar Cello Concerto Performance with the Symphony Central Coast on Sun 26th June
Sally Maer’s love of the cello, music and life is infectious.
For someone who has played with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, Sally Maer’s face seems to light up the most when reminiscing about her time as a busker in London’s Covent Garden.
As a born and bred Londoner and whilst studying at the Royal Academy of Music, busking was giving Maer the chance to explore performing in a way that she could not do from only playing in the more serious setting of the concert hall. Carving out her own style as “Cello Diva”, later gave opportunity to become a headline act on luxury cruise ships like the QMII and touring as the support act for the Opera group, Amici.
Whist taking part in a performance at the Dawn Service in Gallipoli with the Peter Sculthorpe String Quartet in 2004, she was talent spotted by the then manager of the “Popera” sensation, Amici, who invited her to support the group on their Australian Tour. Maer performed her solo show in all the major concert halls across Australia ending in the Sydney Opera House.
Before all of this, there were a few things on the to do list – winning a place to study at the Royal Academy of Music at age 17, graduating with an Honours degree presented to her by Sir Yehudi Menhuin, emigrating to Australia, playing in the Sydney Symphony and Australian Opera, and on telly accompanying the likes of Lionel Richie, Michael Buble and Liza Minnelli. There was once even a gig with rocker Tommy Lee Jones and a tour as Delta Goodrem’s cellist.
10 years ago, Sally recorded her first album with ABC Classics, Bed of Roses, and has appeared on a number of albums since. Today, the culmination of embracing a kaleidoscope of musical and life experiences have resulted in a return to the ABC with Celtic music that is full of heart, longing and above all, joy.
News / Press
- Sally's new album Celtic Cello featuring Opera Australia stars Teddy Tahu Rhodes and David Hobson as special guests is now available. Have a look in the SHOP section of the site.
Celtic Cello - join Sally as she celebrates the Celtic muse. Watch it here.
Cello Diva plays Vivaldi’s dazzling “Summer” storm on stage with the band on the MS Volendam. Watch it here.
From Sinatra to The Swan, to Children of Sanchez, here is the diversity of a Cello Diva show. Watch it here
The Fleurys Showreel. Watch it here
Cello Diva captivatingly plays The Swan, by Saint Saens, one of the most famous pieces of cello music ever. Watch it here.
Sally and Sally (Maer and Whitwell) play Arvo Part’s meditative Spiegel im Spiegel, recorded by ABC Classics. Watch it here.
The ABC produced this video clip to accompany the Bed of Roses album. The week it was released on YouTube, it was the 4th most highly rated video in Australia. It's a fairy tale... Watch it here.
NEW: Celtic Cello
The mist-covered hills and cosy firesides of Scotland, Ireland and Wales have long inspired music of enchantment and beauty. From haunting melodies to exuberant reels, from traditional tunes to uplifting songs of today, join cellist Sally Maer as she celebrates the Celtic muse.
Featuring Opera Australia stars Teddy Tahu Rhodes and David Hobson as special guests.
Bed of Roses
Signed to ABC classics in 2008 as Cello Diva, Sally recorded this cello at the ABC studios in Sydney with the backing of a live symphony orchestra.
The music is played regularly on Classic FM in Australia, and the album consists of mesmerising arrangements of well known music, from all genres.
Love Lost & Found
Cello Diva teams up with accomplished saxophonist and flautist JP Fleury for their first duo album together. During a year of traveling around the world performing on cruise ships, both Sally and JP ‘s families and friends seemed to be having various life changing moments.In an attempt to give gifts to all those getting married, losing their loved ones and bringing new life into the world, by making and giving their music, they thought to put all these pieces together on one album. They have since realised that one album may not be enough! But here is the first offering of ‘Love Lost and Found’, an album of beautiful duets, inspired by all different kinds of love, made with love. Listen to Love Lost And Found.
Other Albums featuring Cello Diva
< Sally appeared on this compilation album produced by Decca with "Fields of Gold" from her Bed of Roses album. Unfortunately, and probably due to budget cuts, Decca don't employ people who can read, or double check over their work, so she is credited as Sally May. However, she was thrilled to feature on an album with fabulous artists such as Pavarotti, Lesley Garret and Russell Watson!