Inspirational cellist

The smooth, mellow and relaxing sound of the ‘cello are just the antidote to the miseries of winter’s weather.

On Thursday, January 19, at 7.30 pm in the East and Old Church hall in Forfar’s Chapel Street, Forfar Arts Guild welcomes a truly inspirational musician, Catriona Hetherington, whose career has seen her play from Italy, Switzerland and America, performing in the Kennedy Centre in DC.

From Dunfermline, Catriona studied at Glasgow’s RSAMD with Robert Irvine, who himself has performed for the Arts Guild, and she graduated with Distinction in a Master of Music Degree, following it up with very many other awards and scholarships, allowing her to study under Robert Cohen, one of the world’s foremost ‘cellists, going on to Switzerland to continue her studies.

She has gained renowned all over Britain for her solo ‘cello recitals, and has undertaken many concerts in the ‘Live Music Now’ series, established by the late Yehudi Menuhin.

Her work with Robert Cohen inspired her to take an interest in the virtuosic aspect of ‘cello playing, especially looking at the famous 24 Capices of Paganini, transcribing them for the larger ‘cello, and leading her, with the aid of a Dewar Arts Award sponsorship, to complete and RSAMD-based project resulting in an MLitt degree form the University of St Andrews.

A fabulously talented, enthusiastic musician, Catriona was born with severe hearing loss. She wears hearing aids and has developed the technique of focusing on fingertip sensation, although she is now training her brain to make more sense of what little it hears.

With a wonderful programme mixing Bach ‘cello suites with with more modern pieces by Sally Beamish and John Taverner, her recital promises to be a delight, and a real pick-me-up for the turn of the year.

All are welcome - adults £7 and children £1.