Meet the team
Sophie Middleditch - recorder
After graduating from Lancaster University in 1995, Sophie went on to study recorder, modern and baroque flute at Trinity College of Music. She has performed widely as a soloist and chamber musician, appearing at many festivals throughout the UK and has also been a member of the Essex Baroque Orchestra and the Britten Pears Baroque Orchestra. As a solo recitalist Sophie has performed at venues including the Handel House Museum; the Victoria and Albert Museum; Farnham Castle, Surrey and at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon. She is also in great demand as a teacher and has been recorder tutor at Chichester University since 1996. Recently she was invited to take part in the New London Chamber Ensemble’s recording: Carl Nielsen - Music for Wind and Piano released on the Meridian records label. Sophie formed her own baroque period chamber group, The Parnassian Ensemble, in 1998.
Helen Hooker - recorder
Helen studied recorder at Trinity College of Music with Philip Thorby, graduating with a first class degree and the Post-Graduate Certificate in performance with distinction. She also won the Grace Wylie Thesis Prize and the Louise Band Prize for musicianship. Helen has performed widely in chamber ensembles and as a soloist. Recent critically acclaimed performances have included the Walter Bergmann Centenary Concert in London and concerto performances in The Hague and Leiden. In 2009 Helen released her first solo CD, Helen and Friends, which includes Steve Marshall’s Recorder Concerto No.2, a work written for and dedicated to Helen. She is also Musical Director of the Thames Valley Recorder Orchestra and works as guest conductor with recorder ensembles and orchestras throughout the British Isles.
Lynden Cranham -baroque ‘cello
Lynden studied at the Royal Academy of Music, and with Maurice Eisenberg at the Juilliard School. She toured and broadcast in Britain and Europe with the Burnell Piano Trio before moving to the US where she taught at Cornell University. Lynden toured the US and New Zealand with Accordo Perfetto Piano Quartet, was soloist in the Elgar, and the Brahms Double Concerto, featured in modern and period-instrument solo recitals, and gave the US premiere of Grave: Metamorphosis for Cello and Piano by Lutoslawski. She premiered Steven Stucky’s Voyages for Cello and Orchestra at Yale and in New York City. Based again in the UK Lynden has recorded and toured worldwide with England’s major period-instrument orchestras, and conductors such as Gardiner, Rattle and Hogwood. She performs regularly at music clubs and festivals and has adjudicated frequently at music festivals in this country and Hong Kong. Lynden is in demand as a soloist, chamber-musician and continuo player, and has a PhD (about music in nineteenth-century London) from Birkbeck, London University.
David Pollock - harpsichord
David was inspired to take up historical performance because of a long-standing love for the music of J.S.Bach, and came to specialize in the harpsichord, winning the Croft Early Music First Prize at the Royal Academy of Music in 1991. Since then he has appeared frequently at prestigious venues across the UK and abroad as recitalist, accompanist and concerto soloist. Solo recordings include ‘The French Harpsichord’ and ‘O Mistris Myne: 150 years of English virginals music’ (LIR006 and 005). He is also harpsichordist in Duo Dorado which has recorded music by William Croft (CRD 3529), followed by the complete violin sonatas and harpsichord solos of Daniel Purcell (Chandos 0795, ‘The Unknown Purcell’).