Rebecca McNaught

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Rebecca McNaught completed her Professional Diploma in 2020 at the Royal Academy of Music where she explored post-romantic solo and duo sonatas by composers such as Britten, Hindemith, and Crumb, under the tutelage of Hannah Roberts. She graduated with a Regency Award for distinguished studentship, along with the Vivien Joseph Postgraduate Cello Scholarship and the Rhoda Butt Award. Since then, she has been working as a freelance musician, including recording with the Manchester Camerata, in a cello ensemble with Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and as a soloist at Milton Keynes International Festival. She is Head of Strings at King Edward’s School, Witley & Barrow Hills School, and Music Partnerships Coordinator at Westminster School. 

Drawn to both academic and practical music, Rebecca studied for a BA in Music at Merton College, Oxford University where she obtained a first-class degree. She then moved to the Royal Academy of Music in 2017 to study for her Masters, where she performed as principal cello of the Academy Symphony Orchestra with conductors Sir Mark Elder, John Wilson, and Edward Gardner, and at the BBC Proms 2019. In June 2018, she was privileged to participate in the Kyoto International Music Student’s Festival, uniting with musicians from ten different countries from around the world in chamber music and as principal cellist in the orchestra. She also enjoyed expanding her outreach work as an Open Academy Fellow, and has created accessible concerts for people living with dementia in the Wigmore Hall and Leighton House. 

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