Our Musicians

Catherine MartinLeader, Gabrieli Players

What is your musical background?

As my mum was a piano teacher, I started the piano age 3. I remember the excitement of getting an 1/8th size violin a year later and learning the names of the strings. As soon as I could use the bow, I was playing in our local youth orchestra, with my mum as my desk partner, pointing to the notes!

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Susan Gilmour BaileySoprano, Gabrieli Consort

How did you become a professional musician / what is your musical background?

I was born and raised in a small town on the Canadian prairies and music in one form or another has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Music was a part of our daily school curriculum which included singing the (Canadian) national anthem and ‘God save the Queen’ every morning before classes began.

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Jan WaterfieldHarpsichord, Gabrieli Players

What are your musical roots?

My musical training as a child was honed in village churches (playing the organ for evensong on the 2nd Sunday of each month, for the cracked but enthusiastic voices of a few farmers and their sheepdogs) and in school productions (transcribing show tunes from LPs, so that I could thump them out on the village hall piano).

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Greg SkidmoreBaritone, Gabrieli Consort

What is your musical background?

I was born and grew up in Canada, coming to the UK as a teenager to finish an undergraduate degree. I did this on my own, however, without my family and with no practical plan or realistic expectation of success, in a mad attempt to thrust myself upon the early music scene in the UK (and having no idea whatsoever how to do it!).

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