Holly Cullen - Davies: Musicianship Teacher

Holly started piano lessons age six with Kasia Borowiak with whom she continued to study at The Junior Guildhall from the age of 10. Holly went on to study in France at the CNR de Lyon with Hervé Billaut. She then did an undergraduate with Carol Presland on Manchester’s Joint Course with The Royal Northern College of Music where she was recipient of the Dora Gilson Scholarship and winner of the RNCM Bach Prize. Holly finished her performance training with a Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama taking lessons with Charles Owen, Martin Roscoe and Paul Roberts.


As a classical pianist Holly has a particular love of J.S. Bach. In contrast she also adores the music of Debussy and Ravel and often frames her concerts with these two contrasting periods. She also has a soft spot for the violin and has learnt much of the repertoire for violin and piano duo. A recent excitement was performing much of this repertoire in seven concerts on a cruise around the Mediterranean with wonderful violinist Charlotte Maclet.

As a soloist and chamber musician Holly has performed all over the U.K., venues including the The Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall, Cheltenham Town Hall, St. John’s Smith Square (where I performed the Gershwin Piano Concerto), St. James’ Piccadilly, The Little Missenden Festival, Alfriston Summer Music and The Hebden Bridge Piano festival, Yorkshire. She is also a yearly guest at The Art-in-Action festival, Oxfordshire.

Determined that music should not be pigeonholed in to genres and passionate about making classical music more accessible to everyone Holly enjoys collaborating with musicians from all backgrounds and use her skills as vocalist and more rarely clarinettist also to play in many different styles. These ventures have lead to her founding several concert series including Live Junction for which she recently won an Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musician’s UK.

Thula Mama is an informal choir Holly runs for mums and mums to be.  She started running it when she was six months pregnant with her second baby.

They sing simple songs from around the world in easy to grasp harmonies. These rounds, chants and lullabies are a refreshing change to The Wheels on the Bus!

Listen: Bright Morning Star and Ola Mama

Along with all my other projects Holly wanted to make more music accessible to people who might not otherwise hear it.  When she discovered Helen Yeomans’ franchise this seemed like the perfect thing to do while she was busy being a mother.  Both her son and daughter love the songs.

Holly haas discovered that the mixture of her choral training at university and her experience as a piano teacher has meant that teaching a choir has come very naturally to her.

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