Ruth Hallows

Performer profile: Ruth Hallows

Welcome to our new monthly series where we profile some of Firebird’s performers. This month we meet cellist Ruth Hallows…

Watch one of Ruth’s solo lockdown performances: 

‘I have been a cellist with the London Firebird Orchestra since 2017 and have enjoyed every moment with them. I have been a part of some incredible concerts, performing some truly stunning works such as Dvořák’s Symphony no. 9, Brahms Symphony no. 1 and my personal favourite, Schumann’s cello concerto in A minor with soloist Raphael Wallfisch.’

Says Ruth

British cellist Ruth Hallows graduated from the Royal College of Music and was winner of both the Pendle Young Musicians Bursary Competition and the Reuben Burton Foundation Scholarship. Ruth has studied with famous cellists including Raphael Wallfisch and Gregor Horsch.

A keen orchestral musician, she completed a Professional Placement Scheme with the English Chamber Orchestra. Ruth performs with players of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Royal College of Music Chamber Orchestra and London Firebird Orchestra.

As a chamber musician, Ruth has performed on BBC Radio 3 In Tune, collaborated with the award-winning Sacconi Quartet and played at UK venues including the Wigmore Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. ​​

Ruth believes that Firebird provides a pivotal part in the transition from education to career for its players, often being the constant in what can be a time of great change for musicians. 

“The pandemic has been tough for all freelancers, especially those in the critical beginnings of their career. For me personally, as well as providing an opportunity to explore the online possibilities for music making, it has also given me a chance to write further about the issues tackling young musicians in the classical music world, through my blog: From a Cellist’s Perspective.


Ruth was delighted when Firebird came back in October 2020 providing some much needed hope for a return to normal life. She has no doubt that when this latest lockdown lifts, Firebird will be back stronger and better than ever!