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Since 2003, the Extreme Cellists have taken musical performances to new heights, and depths, by giving performances in many extreme locations.

They are pleased to announce their new venture for 2014 - "Bordering on Madness"! Between 16 and 20 August, they will cover the route of Hadrian's Wall (from East to West), playing along the way, including some notable landmarks.

Further details will be announced nearer the time, but locations will include the Castle Keep in Newcastle in Saturday 16 August, Hexham Abbey on Sunday 17 August, and Lanercost Priory Church on Monday 18 August. In addition, before this starts on Friday 15 August, they will play from the newly-restored tower of Chester Cathedral - a location that was inaccessible when they did the Cathedral Roof Tour in 2006.

There will also be an opportunity for other cellists - of all ages and abilities - to join them for an extreme (but safe!) performance on the afternoon of Sunday 17 August, near Hexham. If you would like to join this performance, please email the cellists for further information about the arrangements (both musical and logistical!).

This will not be a sponsored event; however, the cellists will be collecting donations for the spinal cord injury charity Aspire along the way. After the event begins, you will be able to keep up to date with it via the daily blog!


Previous challenges
Their last completed challenge was on 22 April 2012, when successfully ran the London Marathon carrying their cellos! In the process they raised over 14,000 for the spinal cord injury charity Aspire.

In 2010, the Extreme Cellists successfully undertook the English Coast-to-Coast walk (as made famous by Alfred Wainwright), carrying and playing their cellos as they went; this raised over 6,000 for two charities, Aspire and PACT.

In previous years the Extreme Cellists have successfully negotiated a number of other challenges, including the Four Peaks Challenge (climbing the tallest mountains in Scotland, England, Wales and Ireland with cellos, and giving a performance at the top of each), running the Sheffield Half Marathon (carrying cellos and stopping to play twice along the way), the Cathedral Roof Tour (playing on the roofs of all 42 Anglican Cathedrals in England in just 12 days), walking from 45-mile route from Manchester to Sheffield in a single day, and
the Monopoly Board Challenge, playing at each of the streets on the London Monopoly board in just one day.

In doing so, they have raised over 30,000 for a variety of charities. Click here to read more about these previous ventures, or follow the links at the top of this page to discover more about Extreme Cello Playing.


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Web site Jeremy Dawson - last updated 19 July 2014