Catherine Marwood’s musical career started in the Fairfield Quartet with which she toured extensively in this country and abroad. She held the position of principal viola with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for ten years and, in that time, appeared frequently as soloist and chamber musician alongside many distinguished artists such as Yuri Bashmet, Ernst Kovacic, Joseph Swensen and Michael Collins. As part of the Marwood Ensemble she recorded for the Hyperion label. She is a member of the Hebrides Ensemble, a group specialising in contemporary and innovative programmes. They have released a recording of the music of Messiaen to much critical acclaim and have appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Aldeburgh, St Magnus, City of London, Bath and Edinburgh Festivals. She also is a member of the Scottish Ensemble, an unconducted string group much in demand at home and abroad. In 2009 she was appointed principal viola of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. She teaches at St Mary’s music school in Edinburgh and examines for the Associated Board.