Christine Newland

Christine is principal cello with London Symphonia after serving in that role with the former Orchestra London for 40 years. In that time she performed many solo concerti with the orchestra, several of which were written for her. She has also freelanced with the Toronto, Hamilton, Kitchener, Windsor and Thunder Bay symphonies.

Christine was a Canada Council supported artist and has performed for CBC and BBC radio and television, and the West Deutches Rundfunk. While studying in the masterclass of Antonio Janigro, she toured throughout Europe and Canada with the Düsseldorf String Quartet, followed by a four week solo tour in Japan, with the award-winning pianist, Marc Durand. She also studied chamber music with the Guarneri, Hungarian, Yale, and Lenox String Quartets.

When Christine was 17, Jacqueline Du Pre was kind enough to let her use her famous "Davidov" Stradivari cello. The two friends corresponded over the years and quotes from Jacqueline Du Pre's letters to Christine can be found in Carol Easton's book Jacqueline Du Pre.

Christine is also a portrait artist and has generously donated many paintings for fundraisers benefiting organizations including this orchestra.

 Her rare and valuable Italian 1730 cello, is now a part of the Canada Council for the Arts string instrument collection. It is awarded to an outstanding young Canadian cellist for a three year term. Canada Council renamed the cello the "Newland Giovanni Franciscus Celoniatus" in her honour.  

 Christine has had the distinction of receiving the Jack Richardson Award in 2008 and again in 2017, and is presently performing solo and chamber concerts and making recordings with various local artists in several musical genres.