Heather Bills Cello

photo © Tony Howard

Heather Bills, Cello

Heather Bills

Heather was born in Adelaide, South Australia and came to the UK on a scholarship to take up studies at the Royal College of Music in London, studying with Christopher Bunting & Amaryllis Fleming, during which time she won the Australia Prize of the Royal Overseas League Competition and prizes for chamber music at the RCM. She participated in solo and chamber music courses with such esteemed musicians as William Pleeth, Jacqueline du Pre, Ralph Kirshbaum and Emmanuel Hurwitz in Banff, Dartington, Prussia Cove, Monterosso & Perugia respectively, where her love for chamber music was firmly established.

Heather was the co-Principal cellist of the Hallé Orchestra from ’83-’90 before moving to Anglesey. She has been Principal cellist of the chamber group Ensemble Cymru and of the Welsh Chamber Orchestra for over twenty years. In 1996 she spent a year in Australia as Guest Principal of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. In 2008 she returned to Manchester & re-established a busy freelance career working with the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, Northern Chamber Orchestra and Opera North. Heather also loves teaching and is a member of staff in the music departments at Manchester University and Manchester Grammar School. With her husband, pianist Harvey Davies, she founded and co-directs the Pleyel Ensemble, an exciting chamber group based in Manchester.