Biography

23 year old cellist Hattie Butterworth is a Countess of Munster Trust award holder and recent graduate of the Royal College of Music, where she studied as a foundation scholar with professors Raphael Wallfisch and Melissa Phelps.

Hattie has given solo recitals at the London Charterhouse, Lichfield Festival, The Town Church in St Peter Port, Guernsey, Emmanuel URC in Cambridge, St Olaves Hart St, St Peter’s Church Canterbury and Manchester Cathedral. She has also performed in masterclasses with eminent professors, such as Torleif Thedeen, Johannes Goritzki, Hannah Roberts and Guy Johnston.

Hattie has performed as a concerto soloist with orchestras, most recently performing Bloch’s ‘From Jewish Life’ with the Hereford Youth Orchestra and the Rococo Variations with the Bridgnorth Sinfonia. She has also sat as principal cello in the Royal College of Music Philharmonic Orchestra and toured Russia and the UK with the Britten Shostakovich Festival Orchestra in 2019.

Hattie is the cellist in the award-winning Odora Piano Trio. The trio were semi-finalists in the 2020 St Martin’s Chamber Competition at St Martin in-the-Fields and have achieved numerable successes in national competitions. The trio have toured across the UK, to Scotland, Wales and rural areas of England, as well as prestigious London venues. They have attended the Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival and received tuition from the Doric, Elias and Chillingirian string quartets, as well as renowned musicians Raphael Wallfisch, Andrew West and Richard Lester. The trio have an interest in promoting the music of 20th Century British composers and have most recently uncovered the piano trio of the late organist of Gloucester Cathedral, and close friend of Edward Elgar, Herbert Sumsion.

Hattie is committed to raising awareness for the prevalence of mental health issues among musicians. She is establishing herself as a writer and journalist, recently contributing to publications such as Classical Music Magazine, The Meridian and Larsen Strings blog. Hattie also hosts a podcast, Things Musicians Don’t Talk About, along with fellow advocate Rebecca Toal. Speaking with industry professionals, the podcast hopes to shed light and spread awareness for the many elements of the classical music world that still feel stigmatised. Hattie is training for her Level 2 in Counselling Skills and hopes to combine being a classical cellist with work in the mental health and journalism sectors.