Curriculum Music Teacher
Cecily was born in The Netherlands to a German mother and an English father. She read Music at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, studied the piano at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and specialized in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
At the University of Oxford she was Music Scholar of St. Hilda's College and awarded the Hester Murray Naish Exhibition for her academic work in music. She was also a Scholar of the John Conway Foundation and in 2001 won the Oxford University Music Society Solo Performers' Competition. At the Academy she won the Elena Gerhardt Accompanist Prize and the Sir Arthur Bliss Prize for the performance of 20th-century British song. She was also the recipient of the Elsie Prater award, and a member of the RAM's song circle.
As a professional pianist Cecily enjoys playing for rehearsals and concerts as well as working as vocal coach. She is one of the staff répétiteurs of the Professional Opera Programme at La Roche D'Hys, artistic director of the Haydn Song Project, and works as German language coach for Hyperion Records, London.
Cecily is a dedicated teacher. Between 2006 and 2015 she taught the piano to young children at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Before joining the Dragon School as Teacher of Music in January 2016 she spent a term as Music Assistant at the Oratory School in Woodcote.