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Dear little cellist,

Where is the strangest place you've played your cello? Cellists have been known to practise in some odd places but how about under the sea?

That is exactly what scuba diver and cellist Coral Rieff did. "I love diving and I love playing the cello. Of course, it was an amazing experience to combine the two!" Coral told littlecellist.com.

Coral had to use a cello made from carbon fibre, so that it wouldn't be harmed by the water. "It was quite difficult to bow under water," she told us, "so I couldn't play anything very fast."

It wasn't just for fun though! Researchers were trying to discover whether the fish would respond to classical music. As global warming affects the ocean's ecosystem, scientists are hoping to use music to entice fish to new habitats.

Although the research is at an early stage, the results so far are promising. "The fish were quite curious about my cello - some tiny ones even swam inside it!" Coral told us.


Dear little cellist,

If you thought yesterday's e-letter about the scuba diving cellist was a little bit fishy well, of course, you were right!

For all the little cellists in Portugal, Spain, Israel, Qatar and South Africa: we should explain that April 1 is a day in the UK for practical jokes (a bit like Da de los Santos Innocentes in Spain). The little cellists in Australia, New Zealand, America, Canada and Denmark will know all about April Fools' Day though.)

If we put our very serious hat on for just a minute, we could say that although a carbon fibre cello might survive being under the water, it would hardly be able to make any sound if it was filled with water.
:-( because it would be fun to play your cello to the fish, wouldn't it

ahem, we'll take that hat off now