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Anne Lewis & Bill Taylor

Scottish songs and airs for voice and harps

Biographies

Anne Lewis

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 toured the US, and with Dunedin Consort performed 'Messiah' at the Noirlac and Chaise Dieu Festivals. She is also a member of Triplicity, a vocal and piano trio. Triplicity's programmes are an eclectic mix of lieder, jazz, musical theatre and operatic arias, woven together with poetry and prose.

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 Fettes College and St George's School for Girls. She also directs and arranges music for community choirs.

Anne Lewis' website

Bill Taylor

Bill is a specialist in the 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.

Bill Taylor's website