Sarah Huson- Whyte is a professional cellist based in Nottingham and the East Midlands and a graduate of the Royal College of Music, where she studied with Melissa Phelps. During her time at the RCM Sarah was principal ‘cellist of the Sinfonietta, the Symphony Orchestra and the String Ensemble. Sarah regularly attended the internationally acclaimed cello courses ‘The Gathering of the Clans’ and has participated in masterclasses with Johannes Goritski, Nicholas Jones, Alexander Baillie, Anna Shuttleworth and Sasha Boyarsky,

Having started learning the ‘cello at the Minster School Junior Department aged nine, Sarah continued her studies with Sue Lowe in York. Sarah toured to America, Canada, Edinburgh and Cyprus with the Nottingham Youth Orchestra and also performed the Saint-Saёns ‘Cello Concerto with them on tour in Austria and Hungary. After gaining a place on the performance course at the Royal College of Music Sarah performed the Dohnanyi Konzertstuck with the orchestra in Southwell Minster.

At the RCM, Sarah was chosen to represent the college at the Mendelssohn on Mull Festival. Performance highlights include performing Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence with Gordon Nicolitch, leader of the LSO, and recording Don Juan under Andrew Litton. Sarah has played with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the London Concert Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and many orchestras and ensembles closer to her home in Southwell, Nottinghamshire.

Sarah’s educational work includes workshops with Elastic Band (The Philharmonia Orchestra’s education Project) and outreach projects with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sarah has made many television and concert appearances alongside artists such as Will Young, Shakira, Rod Stewart, Michael Ball, Martine McCutcheon and Il Divo. She has played on Top of the Pops many times and has played in concerts at Wembley, the Hackney Empire and the Royal Albert Hall. Sarah is also in demand as a session musician for professional recordings.

Sarah founded the Highly Strung Quartet in 1997 and the group continues to perform in the local area and further afield for private functions and concerts. The Nottinghamshire based string quartet have toured in the Caribbean and played for engagements in Europe and Guernsey as well as performing workshops in schools around the UK.

Sarah currently teaches ‘cello privately at her home in Southwell but for many years taught at The Elms School and  Trent College in Nottingham. In recent years she has organised unique workshop and performance opportunities for her pupils including playing alongside Guy Johnston and improvising with Matthew Barley.

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