I’m an enthusiastic amateur cellist and have played with Orchestre Amabilis and Orchestre Riviera Symphonique, and the Association Universitaire de Musique de Chambre. Currently, my teachers are Gabrielle Stehle-Signard, at the Vevey Conservatoire, and Johanna Messner, in Oxford. With my double life in Switzerland and the UK, I have two cellos, a French one inherited from my great-grandfather, who founded the Dumfries Municipal Orchestra in the 1930s, and the other made for me in 2012 by M. Hans-Martin Bader, farmer and master luthier, of Premier sur Romainmôtier, pictured below. In 2017, I’m having a bow made by Edwin Clement, a Belgian archetier in Paris, awarded ‘Un des Meilleurs Ouvriers de France’. In 2018 it will be ready and I can’t wait!!

CelloSmall BaderSmall nouveau violoncelle!

I also enjoy hiking, bird-watching and sketching. Behind me, in the photo below, you can see the Matterhorn in the distance (farthest peak to the right), more than 4000m high. And the other photo is of a Lammergeier, or Gypaetus barbatus, photographed by Roelof Overmeer, on an English Dept alpine walk. This enormous vulture has a wingspan of up to 9 feet.