Rebecca Herman trained as a cellist at the Eastman School of Music (NY) and the Royal Academy of Music, supported by major awards from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and Help Musicians UK. As a Park Lane Group Young Artist, Concordia Foundation Young Artist and founding member of the Castalian Quartet, Rebecca performed at major UK venues, including Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, the Purcell Room, and the Cheltenham and Edinburgh Festivals. As a freelance orchestral cellist, Rebecca has worked all over the world with ensembles including the Philharmonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Britten Sinfonia, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Rambert Dance and English National Opera.
In 2017, Rebecca stopped performing due to increasingly debilitating stage fright. Her frustration with existing treatment modalities led her back to full-time education – in 2018 she completed an MSc in Performance Science at the RCM, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research council. Rebecca subsequently won an LAHP studentship to pursue doctoral research at the RCM’s Centre for Performance Science, where she is currently in her third year, researching the impact of mindfulness training on performance anxiety. Last summer, Rebecca returned to the stage after a five-year hiatus, and is currently conducting autoethnographic research investigating the intersection between her own mindfulness and performance practices. Rebecca has been invited to present her research at the International Mindfulness Conference in Aarhus (Denmark) and the International Symposium for Performance Science in Warsaw, (Poland).
Outside of academia, Rebecca is a passionate advocate of supporting young performers manage the demands of elite performance, and has delivered performance psychology workshops to young musicians in the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Junior Artists’ scheme, the Street Orchestra of London and at the Royal Academy of Music Junior Department.
Alongside her research, performing work and teaching, Rebecca has a 2-year-old son, a golden doodle, and a cat and enjoys experimental cooking and challenging misogynistic assumptions around parenting.
Faculties / departments: Research
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