People

Hattie Butterworth

she/her

I am not serious about all that much, but am definitely serious about ending the stigma of mental illness and lower income disadvantage within classical music. Since graduating from the Royal College of Music in 2020, I have discovered: that my friends are the lights of my life, that my cello playing improves when my self-worth is focussed on other things, that a flat white is the superlative coffee, that Joni Mitchell is my soul sister and that I have a fear of ice cream vans. Further dislikes include oil companies and their sponsorship of the arts, gardening and the Central, Northern and Piccadilly lines (also the tunnel at Green Park can die in an ironic hole)

What You Do

I came to the cello at the later age of 11 and have been a bit obsessed with it ever since. I have also had periods of liking it less much, as well as enduring mental ill health throughout music college, culminating in a diagnosis of OCD. I have come to realise that our focus as musicians needs to shift from hours of practice, constant pressure and comparison, as these can lead to severe burn out. I am now seeking a life as a performer, teacher and writer/journalist within our sweet sweet classical music profession. I play with The Odora Trio and enjoy uncovering lost 20th century music and watching Escape To The Country with them.

Rebecca Toal

she/her

After stumbling my way through the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and the Royal Academy of Music (on trumpet), I’ve been getting to know myself a bit better. It turns out that I enjoy getting frustrated about diet culture and mental health failings, dreaming of getting back into running again, laughing at my cats, having identity crises, dabbling in calligraphy and making things look nice, and devouring dirty vegan burgers. I don’t like who my Spotify ‘Discover Weekly’ thinks I am, climate change, when people honk their horns (car, not French), weight loss tips and conversation, or talking to people on the phone.

What You Do

I’m primarily a trumpet player with a side-hustle of event-harping. Currently I also work as an instrumental tutor for a number of music services in London, and really really really love teaching students of all ages and abilities. From September 2021, I will be continuing my training in Counselling Skills, with the ambition to fuse mental health work with my career as a performer/educator.

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