B i o g r a p h y
Lydia was one of the first students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama to give a final recital in the Milton Court Concert Hall, where she gained a Distinction in her Master's degree as a recorder player and historical flautist, taught by Ian Wilson, Pamela Thorby and Robert Ehrlich and Katy Bircher, respectively. Previously, she was a Specialist Musician at Wells Cathedral School, where she studied with Katriina Boosey.
As a soloist, Lydia has given performances in The Stone Forest, Yunnan and the Xinghai Conservatoire, Guandong in China, as well as in Wells Cathedral and at The Carl Dolmetsch Centenary Weekend, Birmingham Conservatoire. She was one of four musicians selected to perform in the National Gallery, following its 'Performing Through Art' competition and was invited to premiere a piece written for the Barbican's Silent Film Festival. In 2015, Lydia was one of the young recorder players selected from across Europe, to perform in a showcase as part of the Open Recorder Days Amsterdam Festival. She shared the excitement of the Olympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies, having been selected to perform primarily as a drummer!
Lydia's recorder quartet, Palisander, prides itself on presenting imaginative, historical programmes with a wide range of repertoire; performing largely from memory, on recorders up to 6 feet tall. The quartet is delighted to have been selected for the prestigious St John’s Smith Square Young Artists’ scheme 2016-2017. In 2015, the group was selected for Brighton Early Music Festival’s ‘Early Music Live!’ scheme; ‘the leading training and apprenticeship scheme for young early music ensembles’. Winners of the June Emerson Launchpad Prize for chamber groups, the group has performed at the Royal Greenwich International Early Music Festival, Newbury Spring Festival and Handel and Hendrix in London. The quartet has performed at contemporary music venues, on occasions with dancers and actors and at the Wallace Collection, for London Fashion Week. Palisander has featured on radio, including BBC Radio 3. As part of the quartet's educational work, Palisander enjoyed working with The Wigmore Hall, giving workshops and concerts for children. The quartet now works with the charity Live Music Now, founded by Yehudi Menhuin, delivering workshops and concerts for the elderly and children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Palisander's new children's show, Dr Dee's Daughter and the Philosopher's Stone, is a collaboration with theatre and puppetry company Rust and Stardust. The project will tour in 2017, with support from the Arts Council England. The eight piece recorder consort, Woodwork, in which Lydia performs, was invited to give a series of concerts in Israel as part of The Tel Aviv International Early Music Seminar 2012. In the past, Lydia's chamber performances have led her to perform in venues such as Wilton's Music Hall, Goldsmiths' Hall, Southwark Cathedral, Christ Church Spitalfields, St Martin-in-the-Fields and the Karamel Club. She has also performed in the Grainger Festival, Kings Place and The City of London Festival.
Lydia performs with orchestras, both as a recorder player and historical flautist and has given performances with Southern Sinfonia, directed by Sir Roger Norrington. She has performed with Guildhall's Baroque Orchestra in The London Handel Festival, The Amadé Players at the Foundling Museum, as well as with Les Bougies Baroques and Eboracum Baroque orchestras. Lydia has also performed alongside the Academy of Ancient Music, as part of the orchestra's AAMplify scheme.