Ursula Smith

Ursula Smith

Cello Teacher in Canterbury

Email: [email protected]

Teacher Info

I have 30 years of cello teaching experience starting with the Junior Department at the RNCM in the 80’s until the present day where I am a cello professor and chamber music tutor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

I am keen to also teach privately where I live in Canterbury. I have experience teaching students from 8-80 and have degrees from RNCM, Manchester and Yale University ( Masters).

My playing career also spans 3 decades. I have been Principal Cello with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for a decade as well as a member of the Zehetmair String Quartet. The pandemic made me realise that my work life can also thrive whilst remaining closer to home and I am keen to build a private teaching practice in Kent.

Music Qualifications & Achievements:

  • RNCM Bmus Class 1, PPRNCM distinction (1986)
  • Master of Music degree Yale University (1988)
  • Fulbright Scholar (1987)
  • BBC Young Musician Walter Todds Award from most promising runner up
  • Osaka Chamber Music Competition, Finalist
  • Toured USA with Zehetmair Quartet, played Carnegie Hall and played at Wigmore Hall
  • Tour of Japan leading CBSO cello section with Andris Nelsons conducting
  • Recording Mozart Operas as continuo player with Sir Charles Mackerras and Scottish Chamber Orchestra


1 hour£35.00


I teach my lessons from a teaching space located in Canterbury CT1 3HP, UK. My full teaching address will be provided upon your first lesson booking.


To book your first lesson with me, or to find out more about my music lessons, don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing me on [email protected].

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