Crafted by WASO’s double bass (and luthier) Andrew Tait, the EChO Cello lives a life of travel that would make anyone envious.

Through the generous donation of Peter and Jean Stokes as part of WASO’s Instrument Fund, the EChO Cello has been able to travel over 16,000kms to date.

Donations towards WASO’s Instrument Fund, enable Patrons to regularly see and hear ‘their’ instrument on stage at Perth Concert Hall, or like the EChO Cello, all over Western Australia as part of EChO Kids' Concerts, EChO in Schools, EChO HOP, Composition Project and WASO on the Road Touring.

Nicholas Metcalfe, plays the EChO Cello across all of WASO's Community Engagement and Education programs, “For me, the EChO cello means having access to a gorgeous sounding instrument that is very versatile. It also compliments the timbre of the EChO bass beautifully!”

The cello was part of a string quartet who performed at the 2018 and 2019 Karijini Experience as part of WASO on the Road, this year being an integral part of the premiere of Koorlangka written by Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse, performed in the beautiful Kalamina Gorge.

2019 WASO on the Road Karijini Experience, photo credit: Base Imagery

2018 also saw the EChO Cello visit Singapore, having been invited by Dr Deborah Cheetham AO to perform in the World Premiere of Catching Breath at the Esplanade Theatres Recital Studio.  Catching Breath was written in response to, and is the title of the tapestry which resides in Australian High Commission in Singapore. This tapestry is one of nine created by the Australian Tapestry Workshop, for Australian Embassies and High Commissions around the world.


This June, the EChO Cello made its way to Denmark as part of WASO on the Road touring at the Denmark Festival of Voice and is showing no signs of slowing down.

Thank you again to our generous donors Peter and Jean Stokes.

Learn more about the WASO Instrument Fund here

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