Catherine Marwood

Section Leader, Viola

Catherine Marwood studied at the Royal Academy Of Music and spent the following nine years playing with the Fairfield String Quartet. In 1988 she was appointed principal viola with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, a position she held for ten years. Catherine works with many chamber groups and orchestras and in 2009 she was appointed principal viola in the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Other commitments include teaching at St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh and examining for the Associated Board.

What is the best thing about being a member of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra?

It has been really exciting discovering symphonic repertoire, which is mostly new to me - I think it's wonderful. I've enjoyed working with great conductors, and great musicians - people that make you think about things in a different way. I love the camaraderie of an orchestra. There's a feeling when going out to perform that it's somehow a bit dangerous - in an orchestra you live together, triumph together and fail together, and there's a humour that goes along with that.

Who is your biggest musical inspiration and why?

My first major musical influence was my piano teacher. He was a very fine musician and influenced a lot of people where I was growing up - I think we would probably all say that he was a great influence on all our lives. As a student at the Royal Academy of Music, Cecil Aronowitz and Manny Hurwitz were people who really inspired and encouraged me, and gave me belief that I could really succeed as a professional viola player.

What is your most memorable moment with the Orchestra so far?

Receiving a standing ovation for a Mahler Symphony with Petrenko. That was the first time that had ever happened in my whole career and I thought it was absolutely fantastic!

Outside of music what are your passions and interests?

On my days off I love having friends over for a nice, long, lazy lunch, then maybe going for a walk in the afternoon. I love sport and I watch a lot of rugby which might surprise some people!

Catherine Marwood - Section Leader, Viola

In this interview Catherine talks about how she joined Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, her influences, her best and worst moments with the orchestra and more.

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