Vivien Chasey was a sixth form student in the specialist music department of Wells Cathedral School and then attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama graduating with a distinction.
After a period of freelance playing in London, during which time she also taught violin at St Paul’s Girls’ School where composer Gustav Holst was (previously!) music director, Vivien moved to Manchester to take up a full time post with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. In this role she benefitted from the rich learning experiences afforded by performance of a very wide range of orchestral repertoire, and musical collaboration with numerous world class conductors and soloists. She contributed to over 80 CD recordings, hundreds of radio broadcasts and many television appearances including Proms from the Royal Albert Hall.
As a chamber music player, Vivien has performed at many venues in the UK including the South Bank, London, and also in Canada and Seattle. After ten years with the BBC Philharmonic, she left the first violin section in order to spend more time with her daughters. She currently enjoys a varied musical diet of chamber music, teaching and a little orchestral playing, and is a home educator of her younger daughter. In 2012 she founded “Small is Beautiful – Music”, an organisation dedicated to sharing classical music in intimate contexts.