Anne Lewis & Bill Taylor
Scottish songs and airs for voice and harps
Anne studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She has worked extensively as a soloist in Haydn's 'The Creation', both with Sir Charles MacKerras and Sir Roger Norrington; Mozart's 'Requiem' and 'Mass in C minor'; Handel's 'Messiah'; and Bach's 'St John Passion', 'Mass in B minor' and 'St Matthew Passion'. She performs and records with Cappella Nova, Scottish Voices, Dunedin Consort and Canty.
With Scottish Voices she has twice toured the US, and with Dunedin Consort performed 'Messiah' at the Noirlac and Chaise Dieu Festivals. In 2016, she toured Scotland with Cappella Nova in Lorimer production's 'Echoes and Traces', which was reprised at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe.
Anne has performed regularly over the years on Radio 3 and Radio Scotland arts programmes, both as a member of a consort and as a featured artist. She is an accomplished singer of Scottish traditional music, performing regularly in a voice and harp ensemble throughout Scotland from Glamis to the Royal Yacht Britannia. She enjoys teaching and is currently working with pupils at St George's School for Girls. She also directs and arranges music for community choirs.
Bill is a specialist in performance of ancient harp music from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and is one of very few players investigating these repertoires on medieval gut-strung harps, wire-strung clarsachs and Renaissance harps with buzzing bray pins. He is a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and serves on the committee of the Wire Branch of the Clarsach Society. He has been resident in Scotland for many years, where he teaches and works with Ardival Harps in Strathpeffer.
In Scotland, he performs with Canty, the Highland early music group Coronach and the duo The Art of Musick; he also performs further afield with the Belgian ensembles Quadrivium and Graindelavoix. Bill teaches community music classes through Fèis Rois and is a guest lecturer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. As a teacher of historical harps, he is frequently invited to lead workshops in the UK, Europe and the USA, including regular appearances at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival.