Abby WoolstonI am perhaps more diverse musician, performer and thinker than meets the eye! My aim as a musician has always been to perform at the highest level whilst cultivating a living connection with many artforms.

I was a  founder of the prizewinning ensemble ‘The Private Music’ and worked as a baroque cellist for many years with ‘The Kings Consort’, and a continuo player for baroque productions mounted by ‘English National Opera’. During this period I also played with ‘Tanzango’, a tango band, and collaborated in devising projects using experimental film as a response to 17th century theatre music. I have since improvised scores for short films by film-makers such as Anna Cady and Trisha MacCrae.

Training as a music therapist deepened my understanding of the potency of musical improvisation which was explored further in my MA dissertation.  I find the process of moving as a group from rigorous musical explorations towards greater freedom particularly fascinating and rewarding, both as a performer and a therapist.

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