Helen Barclay

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

I grew up in a country town in south-eastern Australia.  My cello was made there and I’m quite proud that it’s come all the way here to Glasgow…and that it will soon be played on the summit of Ben Nevis!

How did you first get into music?

One of my earliest memories of music is sitting on a couch, eating smarties and watching my mum have a piano lesson.  I think that made an impression on me because I was very keen to start having my own lessons when I was old enough.

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

The fact that it allows you to meet and connect with so many people.  I’ve felt especially grateful for that recently, having moved to Scotland from Australia earlier this year.

What has been your musical highlight so far?

Playing the Rachmaninoff Cello Sonata to 600 people in an old cinema in China was a thrill.

Who are your favourite composers/artists/musicians?

Arvo Pӓrt, Peteris Vasks, Arthur Russell, Brittany Haas

What do you anticipate for the Nevis Ensemble?

I anticipate it to be intense!  I’m looking forward to some energetic performances that will make an impact on everyone involved.