Caroline Ritchie

Historical Performance - Viol Consort

Performs with ensembles including the New London Consort, the Dunedin Consort, Barokksolistene, Ensemble Leones, the Earle his Viols, and Combassal (Basel)

Solo playing has been described by The Times as 'ear-catching' and by the south German press as 'phenomenal'

Caroline Ritchie studied baroque cello at the Royal Academy of Music before moving to Europe to further her studies in the viola da gamba, first at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague and later at the Schola Cantorum in Basel, where she specialised in medieval and renaissance music, adding vielle and lirone to her portfolio of instruments alongside renaissance and baroque viols. Her Masters’ recital in Basel, and associated dissertation, focussed on the virtuoso repertoire for the viola bastarda, a field on which she has since been invited to lecture, teach and perform throughout Europe and in Canada.

Her performing career follows a lifelong love of consort playing, and of the music of the late renaissance and early baroque; she is to be heard at all of the major European festivals, including the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alte Musik, the Utrecht Early Music Festival,Tage Alte Musik Regensburg, Resonanzen (Wien), the Bachfest Leipzig and the Edinburgh Festival, and with ensembles including the New London Consort, the Dunedin Consort, Barokksolistene, Ensemble Leones, the Earle his Viols, and Combassal (Basel). Her own consort, Newe Vialles, is an exciting development in the English consort scene, bringing together some of the most accomplished players of their generation.

Caroline’s solo playing has been described by The Times as 'ear-catching' and by the south German press as 'phenomenal'; her growing discography includes recordings for the Ricercar, Audite and Christophorus labels, and she is currently preparing a debut solo recording of the earliest repertoire for the English division viol.

Teaching forms a central part of her musical life. Since 2007 she has taught viol consort at the Royal Academy of Music, and is frequently invited as a guest tutor for courses and masterclasses. Wearing her other hat, she is active in music editing, producing editions for Bärenreiter and for Breitkopf und Härtel, and is co-founder of Septenary Editions.

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