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Lara James & Katharine May - Baroque Duo

Violin & Harpsichord

A Baroque duo of high esteem and high quality.

Curriculum Vitae

Lara James 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. Whilst there, she led the baroque orchestra under Ton Koopman, performed with the National Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands under Philippe Herreweghe and toured with the European Union Baroque Orchestra directed by Roy Goodman and Paul Goodwin. Subsequently Lara has performed extensively throughout Europe and in China with leading period instrument orchestras including the Academy of Ancient Music, the English Concert, the Hanover Band, the Academy of the Begijnhof (Richard Egarr, Holland), and La Serenissima. This has included numerous radio and television broadcasts and recordings on CD. As a chamber musician Lara performs all over the UK with Sospirante and Richelinga. As a soloist she made her live radio debut in 2005 on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ performing violin sonatas by Bach and Corelli.

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. As a soloist and experienced continuo player, Katharine has performed widely for music clubs, universities and festivals throughout the UK, Europe and Canada, including the Belfast and Sligo Early Music Festivals, the Windsor Festival and the London Handel Festival. In 1997, Katharine made her debut at the Wigmore Hall, London where she was described by a critic from The Times as “the evening’s feisty and urbane harpsichordist”. Katharine has been a regular contributor to ‘Early Music Today’ and ‘Music Teacher’ magazines since 1996.

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