Clíona is an Irish cellist based in London. She began playing the cello at the age of 4 and moved to the UK to study at the Royal Northern College of Music and the Royal Academy of Music.
Clíona loves working within community and education settings. She has always had a passion for teaching and currently is a cello teacher with UK Music Masters. Clíona was an Open Academy Fellow in 2017/18 supporting and delivering workshops in schools and other settings. With her fellow Open Academy Fellows Clíona founded Hold the Drama, a company delivering non verbal plays based on classical music for all ages aimed at helping conversations about mental health. Clíona is the Education Lead for Hold the Drama and creates educational materials for schools to further conversations about mental health and music in classrooms.
Clíona is a passionate chamber musician and has performed in venues across the UK and Ireland such as Wigmore Hall, St. Martin’s-In-The-Field, St. John’s Smith Square and Áras an Uachtaráin. Clíona enjoys performing all genres of music, she performs and records with music producer Wilma Archer and is featured on his album ‘A Western Circular’. She also performs with singer/songwriter Georgia Duncan.