Caelia Lunniss

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Tell us a little bit about yourself and your life. Not necessarily music-related!

I am from Somerset, studied Music at Newcastle university (and did an Erasmus year in France) and now live in Bristol. Aside from music I am a forest school leader, working with Primary and Secondary children with a range of SEN, disabilities, children in care and those with emotional and behavioural issues. I love my job, I get to play in the woods!

I am involved with several different music projects, but the main one is Spindle Ensemble, an instrumental quartet playing original music.

I love travelling, and have spent quite a lot of time in South America as half my family live in Ecuador.

How did you first get into music?

My primary school was very pro-music, and my mum encouraged us to learn instruments from a young age. We went to a weekend music club with some amazing, inspiring teachers. I was in the early music group which was a crazy collection of children and adults playing strange instruments I’d never seen before, most of whom moved on, but 3 of us kids kept doing that group for about ten years (from 8 – 18) and I live with one of the others now!

What made you decide that music would be an important part of your life?

It was never really a decision!

What has been your musical highlight so far?

As of very recently, I would have to say joining Live Music Now and playing in Special Needs Schools. I don’t think I have ever felt so liberated, uninhibited and fulfilled in performing before! Up until that point I would have said a performance of Brahms’ piano Quintet in my final year of uni.

Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?

Living in Bristol I am surrounded by a whole bunch of talented artists and musicians.

What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?

An amazing and diverse collection of musicians who have a lot of energy and passion for the cause of getting classical music out and about! I think it will be exhausting but I am really looking forwards to meeting everyone!