"Cromarty and Rickards performed with nuance and composure, both of them unshowy and deeply musical players"
- Kate Molleson, The Herald
Sequoia is a Glasgow based string duo comprising violinist Alice Rickards and cellist Sonia Cromarty. Since launching as ‘High Heels and Horse Hair’ at the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe we have firmly rooted our place in the Scottish arts scene, performing recitals and creative collaborative projects in festivals, concert halls, public spaces, schools and gardens around the country. We were Chamber Music Scotland’s Ensemble in Residence 2013-15.
Our artistic journey has revealed an innate desire to use music to explore the world around us, inviting greater engagement and connection with our natural environment. To celebrate this, and mark our 10 year anniversary, we have renamed our duo ‘Sequoia’ in recognition of this extraordinary tree and the conservation movement it inspired.
"Exquisite fusion music"
- Three Weeks Edinburgh
I am green fingered and love my garden, wildflower meadow and allotment in Glasgow. When my hands aren’t covered in soil they are playing the violin in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
In 2019 I was very fortunate to tour to some exciting and stunning destinations - California & Arizona with the RSNO, Boston with the Dunedin consort, Sydney with the Australian Haydn Ensemble and Salzburg, Orkney & Tokyo with the BBC SSO.
As travel restrictions mean spending more time at home I have recently taken up wild swimming and am enjoying exploring lochs on my doorstep. I'm also focussing on ways to reach communities in Scotland to perform music with Sequoia.
I love the diversity of life as a
musician and have enjoyed playing across the globe, from symphony orchestra concerts in South America to school workshops in Japan and trio performances on a ship in the Arctic.
I freelance with Scotland’s leading orchestras: the BBC SSO, Scottish Opera, SCO, GRIT orchestra, RSNO and the Scottish Session Orchestra. I also teach cello and enjoy helping students of all ages and abilities discover the joys of music making.
Chamber music is my biggest love, especially performing in remote corners of Scotland. When I'm not working I like being outdoors and searching for Sequoia trees with my two young daughters.