Margaret Moncrieff (Helen McClelland)
Margaret Moncrieff Kelly has a wide reputation as a cellist, both performer and teacher, and is also well known in the world of schoolgirl fiction as the writer and biographer Helen McClelland. The daughter of Lord Moncrieff, she was born in Edinburgh in the 1920s. She grew up in a strongly Protestant environment but was educated at convent schools, her parents both having converted to Roman Catholicism.
The socially restricted world of her early childhood was swept away by the 1939-45 war, and against all family traditions she chose to become a professional cellist, studying in Edinburgh, London and Paris, where she worked for over a year with Pierre Fournier. From 1952 she pursued a freelance career based in London, and in 1955 she joined a trio with the young Scottish pianist, Alexander Kelly, with whom she was to marry in 1957 and later to have two daughters.
Worlds Apart, covering memories of
growing up in a vanished world and of living three different lives,
is her seventh published book. A fascinating story of the life of a
woman who has brought so many of us such pleasure.
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