Sonia Hammond, Principal Cello

Sonia Hammond, Principal Violin


Sonia Hammond currently lives near Hay-on- Wye.  As a student at the
Birmingham School of Music (now the Birmingham Conservatoire) she gained
a BA first class Honours degree in Music together with a handful of diplomas,
all with distinction.  This was followed by postgraduate studies at the Royal
College of Music in London.   While still in Birmingham Sonia was invited to
play for the Eurythmy School in Botton Village, North Yorkshire.   Thus began
an enduring association with Camphill communities.   This has generated
many and varied chamber music performances.
Since moving to the Welsh Borders in 2006 Sonia has given recitals with
pianists Roger Nichols, and James Joseph. She is the Castalia and Peregrine
String Quartet’s cellist, and also Principal Cellist of both the Brecknock and St
Woolos Sinfonia’s.   She is also a founder member of Radnor Improvisers.
Previous improv work has included workshops in the Mayor’s office in
Timbuktu and at Gwernyfedd High School. Sonia recorded her first solo CD,
Bach’s Suite No 1 for Solo Cello, in March 2014.
Sonia joined the London Cello Orchestra for their tour in South Korea in July
She is half of the improvising duo Beresford Hammond, who have released
two critically acclaimed albums, The Science of Snow in 2014 and this year
Each Edge of the Field. In 2015 they were joined by Carolyn Hume to create
the Beresford Hammond Hume Trio, this collaboration culminated in the
equally critically acclaimed The Lightning bell with Judie Tzuke making a
guest appearance.