All three musicians have performed internationally. Lara gained a first-class BA Hons and a PhD in German and Music from Bristol University before studying baroque violin at The Royal Conservatory, The Hague. She has played and recorded CDs with some of the world’s leading period orchestras including the Academy of Ancient Music, the English Concert, La Serenissima, the Avison Ensemble and the Hanover Band. In 2005, she made her live solo radio debut performing sonatas by Bach and Corelli on Radio 3’s “In Tune”.
Katharine May studied the harpsichord at the Royal College of Music in London with Ruth Dyson and Robert Woolley. On graduation she was awarded the Raymond Ffennell Prize for best degree of the year. She later studied with Jill Severs in London, and at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy where for four years she was given a scholarship to study with Kenneth Gilbert. During her final year, Katharine received the Accademia’s highest award, the Diploma of Honour. Her career has benefitted from awards given by several trust funds, and she is particularly grateful to the Countess of Munster Musical Trust for enabling her to own a copy of a two-manual harpsichord, originally built by Henri Hemsch in 1756. She will be bringing this instrument to Baslow.
Tim Smedley attended Chethams School of Music before studying with Hannah Roberts at the Royal Northern College of Music. Now based in Sheffield, Tim performs regularly with The King’s Consort, Yorkshire Baroque Soloist, the Academy of Ancient Music and the Gabrieli Consort. He has also played with the Sixteen, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the English Concert.
Tim has worked with many eminent chamber musicians all over Europe in addition to frequently playing continuo cello for leading singers.
Previous concerts in Baslow have played to a full church. The concert on 28 June begins at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10/£5 for students/under 18s and can be reserved in advance on 01246 583224.