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Accelerator Academy Update - Catherine Cotter's Blog

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Since Eversheds Sutherland’s Accelerator Academy launched in 2018, our people have thoroughly enjoyed following the journeys of its eight participants.

The Accelerator Academy, which is similar to a scholarship in that it provides mentoring opportunities and a bursary, aims to give its participants the opportunity to develop important life skills while they work their way towards becoming professionals in their chosen field. So far, the Accelerator Academy has worked with eight of Ireland’s highest performing, up and coming track athletes and classical musicians.

Catherine Cotter is an incredibly talented Cellist and one such member of the Eversheds Sutherland Accelerator Academy. She has recently penned a blog post, providing us with an update on how the outbreak of Covid-19 has impacted her studies, practice and live performance schedule.

Catherine's Blog

"It goes without saying that lockdown has had a major impact on my studies, but there have been upsides as well as downsides to this challenging time for me. I am lucky enough to have been able to continue taking lessons via zoom every week with my teacher, Chris Marwood, and the additional hours at home have given me the opportunity for longer, more focused practice. I certainly miss playing in a trio with two other Eversheds Accelerator Academy participants, but coming from a family of musicians, we have also had more time to work on chamber music together, something which, under normal circumstances, can be very challenging to fit in.

One of the biggest changes for me has been the absence of live performances, many of which for me would take place in spring and summer. As well as this, I had planned to play in a number of courses over the summer, which obviously can no longer go ahead. However, I did get a chance to perform in the RIAM “Live from the Living Room” concert series with my mother, which was quite an enjoyable experience for us both. We have also been able to perform in more informal concerts for family, including giving an outdoor concert for my gran on her birthday. For now, I will continue with occasional virtual performances while I prepare for and look forward to a time when it is safe to pursue more formal study and performances."

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