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Juliet McCarthy

Originally from Bristol, Juliet studied with American cellist Leonard Stehn at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. After completing only two terms of a post graduate year she ‘fell into a pit’ and worked in musical theatre on tour and in the West End for 15 years. The highlight of this period was two years in London playing on West Side Story, the greatest (in her opinion) musical of all time.

Since moving back to Bristol Juliet has played principal cello with Bristol Ensemble, the National Symphony Orchestra, Bath Phil, Orchestra de Cymru, Swansea City Opera, the British Sinfonietta, the British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, Quorum and Welsh Chamber Orchestra among others. She often plays in the Pump Room Trio in Bath and in many other chamber groups mostly with members of Bristol Ensemble.

She is also much in demand as a session cellist and works a lot with Neil Davidge who used to produce the Bristol band Massive Attack. For Neil she has played on Britannia, In the Dark, Black Mirror,The Fear Index and Criminal Record among many others. She also recently played on two productions for Aardman animations, Robin Robin and I Am Your Mother (a Star Wars offshoot for Disney). As a soloist she can be heard on the RTE documentary North Atlantic and also on the film Ben is Back, starring Julia Roberts, soundtrack by Bristol based composer Dickon Hinchcliffe. For Dickon she also played on (among other things) The Third Day, a series for HBO starring Jude Law and Naomie Harris and most recently on a short film with Sean Penn and Dakota Johnson called Daddio.

She has taught at Clifton College since 2002 when she covered a maternity leave for a term but somehow never left! She also teaches at Bristol Grammar School and Redmaids High.