The music is so enjoyable because it is a tangible link to a more spiritual time and for this reason, I find it very inspiring and spiritually uplifting.

As a beginner, I found it challenging because I didn’t feel up to it before I started, but I found my way and felt I’d grown a lot, felt more confident and was better at expressing the music.

Having the full score there helps see how everything is integrated.


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I was lucky enough to discover Unsung Heroes about 10 years ago when I had only been playing for a few months. Catherine has developed a format that allows players of all abilities to come together and enjoy wonderful, expressive music in a safe and supportive environment. Although I can play the piano and had previously sung in choirs, I was very late coming to the cello and Unsung Heroes has allowed me to be part of a family of musicians who enjoy working together to create hauntingly beautiful music in such a way that we contribute no matter what our ability.

Catherine has arranged choral music, predominantly, but not exclusively from the 16th and 17th centuries (and now we travel through the Romantic era and on to the mid-20th century) which is faithful to the original and sits beautifully within the cello’s range. The courses include sessions on technique, ensemble, resource material you can take away and memories of being part of something special. Many people get “hooked” once they have been on a course, so you also build a set of cello “friends” who are happy to share tips and generally encourage you to keep going.

Learning a new instrument is a real challenge, and I know that without Unsung Heroes I would have given up a long time ago.