British cellist Ruth Hallows, enjoys a varied career as a soloist, ensemble musician, educator and writer. As a soloist she has performed with Manchester Camerata, Havant Symphony Orchestra and the Bolton Chamber Orchestra. A recent masters graduate from the Royal College of Music and winner of both the Pendle Young Musicians Bursary Competition and the Reuben Burton Foundation Scholarship, Ruth has been given the opportunity to study with world-renowned cellists such as Raphael Wallfisch and Gregor Horsch.
As a chamber musician, Ruth has performed on BBC Radio 3 In Tune, collaborated with the award-winning Sacconi Quartet performing Shostakovich’s ‘Two Pieces for String Octet’ and played at prestigious venues throughout the UK including the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. She has also toured the UK with the Arcus Quartet and performed at the Lake District Summer Music Festival and the British Isles Music Festival.
A keen orchestral player, Ruth has completed a Professional Placement Scheme with the English Chamber Orchestra as well as performing with players of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe with the Royal College of Music Chamber Orchestra. She also performs regularly with the London Firebird Orchestra and other musical ensembles within London.
Passionate about her work and the struggles faced by musicians breaking into the profession, Ruth writes a classical music blog called “From a Cellist’s Perspective”. From a cellist’s perspective tackles the major issues faced by music students and young professionals in the classical music world, shedding light on matters such as; Brexit, Performance Anxiety and the power of Social Media. In January 2021, her writing was picked up by Larsen Strings who she now collaborates with.
An enthusiastic educator, Ruth has taught both in Asia and in the United Kingdom, working as a cello tutor at M.int Academy, Hong Kong, the Royal College of Music’s Teaching Service, Blackheath Conservatoire and Hackney Music Service as well as tutoring the cello section for Imperial College Sinfonietta. Fond of working with children right at the start of their musical journey, Ruth worked as part of the Mini Sparks and Chamber Tots team at the Royal College of Music and in 2018 set up her own educational outreach project working with Primary School children. This year Ruth will be returning as Chamber and Cello Coach for the Jersey International Masterclass Series.