Morwenna Del Mar - Cello

Morwenna Del Mar enjoys a busy and varied career as a soloist and chamber musician, and is increasingly in demand as an orchestral principal player. She is the principal cello of Covent Garden Sinfonia, a member of the cello section of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and previously held the position of Principal Cello (No.2) with the Orchestra of Opera North.
Morwenna has performed as guest principal with many orchestras, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of Opera North, Orchestra of Scottish Opera, and the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (New Zealand), and was the continuo cellist for the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden’s 2019 production of Don Giovanni. She plays regularly with the London Symphony Orchestra, and has toured many countries around the world, from North and South America, to India, the Far East, and Australia. She can be heard playing on the soundtracks for many films, television series, and video games, as well as on numerous classical recordings, including Grazyna Bacewicz's Cello Quartet for Ambache Recordings, and as a soloist with the BBC Singers.
She has given solo or chamber performances at the Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Leeds Town Hall, The Reid Concert Hall in Edinburgh and in King's College Chapel, Cambridge, and she has appeared as soloist in concertos by Elgar, Saint-Saëns and Schumann, Tchaikovsky's Variations on a Rococo Theme, the Dvorak Rondo, the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Del Mar Piano Trio, and the Brahms Double Concerto with violinist Francesca Barritt.
Morwenna read music at Cambridge University, graduating in 2005. She continued her studies as a cellist at the Royal Academy of Music, where she was awarded a postgraduate performance diploma with distinction and a DipRAM for an outstanding final recital, and for two years with Professor Steven Doane at the Eastman School of Music, New York, graduating in 2009 with a Masters in Music and an Orchestral Studies Diploma.
Morwenna is married to conductor Ben Palmer, and has two gorgeous sons called Felix and Otto. She performed Elgar's Cello Concerto with us in March 2023. To find out more about Morwenna, visit her website.