Since 2014, the London Cello Society has been engaged in a collaborative partnership with In Harmony Lambeth, helping their orchestral cellists with individual and collective work.

In Harmony Lambeth launched in 2009 in Stockwell community, inspired by the Venezuelan El Sistema programme, using the pursuit of musical excellence to enrich the lives of children, young people and the wider community. In Harmony Lambeth works with over 900 students each week through its in-school and after-school programmes.

We are very pleased to announce the receipt of two grants, one from the Harrison – Frank Family Foundation for £4000 and a matching grant for the same amount of £4000 to continue this partnership. One of the aims of this new funding is to provide some private instruction which the current tutor ( Molly McWhirter) identifies as crucial for a couple of the gifted youngsters.

Molly McWhirter

Molly McWhirterMolly McWhirter is a Scottish cellist from Linlithgow currently enjoying a busy and varied freelance career based in London. She graduated in 2018 with a Masters in Performance with Distinction from the Guildhall School of Music, having previously studied as an undergraduate at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. She currently learns with LSO Principal Cellist Rebecca Gilliver.

Molly enjoys playing regularly with orchestras such as BBC Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and Royal Northern Sinfonia. She also works with Isobel Griffiths Sessions, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, Heritage Orchestra, London Concertante, Ensemble Cymru and Sinfonia Cymru.

Molly is 1/4 of the Amaia Quartet and was a founding member of Corran Quartet with whom she played live on BBC Radio 3, and were Britten Pears Artists 21/22 and Buxton International Festival’s Chamber Ensemble 21/22.

As a soloist Molly was selected as Aboyne Cello Festival’s Young Artists 2023 and has also performed Schumann Cello Concerto with the Antonine Ensemble. She also works in London’s West End, and has performed with award-winning musicians such as Sam Smith and Max Richter. She has recorded for Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith and for films such as Marvel and Vice. When she’s not playing cello Molly spends her time running and escaping to the countryside.