Cecily Mendelssohn was given a violin when aged 8 and learnt with Grace Digby, an inspiring teacher who organised chamber music for her pupils, something which was uncommon in those far off days! Cecily studied with Robert Masters at the Royal Academy of Music and then joined Sadlers Wells opera which subsequently became the English National Opera. She left when raising a family took over, but still managed some free-lance playing and chamber music with friends.
Teaching took on a more important role when she became involved with the ILEA Specialist String Teaching service in Tower Hamlets, which was lead by Sheila Nelson. Stringwise was born when the ILEA was disbanded, so she was involved from the start, and for the last few years has been responsible for the administration.
Cecily joined Wendy Max, who she met at Tower Hamlets, at the Junior Ram’s First String Experience course, and ran a similar course at Channing School in Highgate for many years.She now teaches at home, plays as much chamber music as there is time for, and in between, tries to practice regularly with her grandchildren and shares in the puppy-minding!