Online Season 2020-2021
How to Enliven your Practice
with Kim Mackrell, Director of Amateurs and Adult Learners Division
Sunday 22nd November 2020 – 5.00PM
The practise process is probably the most important area of learning an instrument. Regular and well thought out practise goes hand in hand with progress and
enjoyment. In this session we will find our way round the pitfalls and frustrations we have all experienced, and answer any questions that have been gnawing away at you about this vital and surprisingly enjoyable occupation!
Kim Mackrell studied cello at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with Leonard Steyn, where she won the Guildhall School Cello prize. Work abroad followed, in Bermuda with the Guildhall Quartet, and as principal cellist in the Las Palmas Philharmonic Orchestra. She joined the BBC Philharmonic in Manchester, leaving after six years to freelance with orchestras in the north.
Since returning to London her freelance work has been an eclectic mix of genres; regular LSO concerts and tours; solo cellist with the Kosh Dance/Theatre Company; twenty years with contemporary music group Harmonie Band performing original scores for silent film, taking projects to schools, and giving concerts; twelve years a member of the Solarek Piano Trio; founder of the Pisces String Quartet in 2004.
Her teaching practise began to attract adult amateurs, and through the cello section coaching and group work that followed, Chamber Cellos Courses was formed in 2008 chambercellos.co.uk.