Hetty Snell

Principal Cello

After leaving the Royal Academy of Music in 2012, where she studied with Josephine Knight and David Strange, Hetty balanced her No.3 position (50%), in the BBC National Orchestra of Wales with working regularly in the cello sections of the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Philharmonia Orchestra and the London Symphony Orchestra. She has performed worldwide including North and South America, Japan, China and many parts of Europe, with conductors such as Bernard Haitink, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Colin Davis.

Hetty has been invited to perform as guest principal cello with many orchestras around the country including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, Hetty has played in Quartets at the Royal Festival Hall and Wigmore Hall, London, and has toured across Europe and Australia.
Hetty also enjoys teaching, outreach work and tutoring the cello sections for the National Children's Orchestra - a real highlight of her year.

As her husband works in the CBSO French Horn section, Hetty looks forward to being in the same orchestra as her other half! When not playing the cello, Hetty relaxes with friends and family, and loves to bake and attend pottery classes.

Hetty plays on a Joseph Hill Cello, kindly loaned to her by Phyllida and Peter Jones.