After her studies at the Royal College of Music, Cecily joined the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and subsequently the BBC Concert Orchestra. During this period she worked under eminent conductors Sir Charles McKerras and Sir Simon Rattle, performed at the BBC Proms and toured in the UK, Europe and the Far East.

Since moving to Malvern, Cecily has successfully combined teaching with freelance work as a viola player with local ensembles and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, with whom she has worked for 25 years.