Sarah Bevan-Baker

Violin

Sarah was born in Aberdeen and grew up on the Black Isle and in Glasgow. After studying violin at the Royal College of Music she returned to Scotland and has enjoyed a varied, exciting career based in Edinburgh and touring all over the world. As well as Dunedin Consort she plays with several orchestras and chamber groups including Hebrides Ensemble, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Ensemble.

As a member in the early days of Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Sarah worked regularly with Nikolaus Harnoncourt which helped develop her interest in early music and historically informed performance. It was further nurtured, as a member of Scottish Chamber Orchestra, by working with musicians such as Sir Charles Mackerras, Frans Brüggen, Emmanuelle Haïm and Trevor Pinnock. This led to Sarah borrowing a baroque violin and bow and grasping every opportunity to play them with groups such as Concerto Caledonia and (now-disbanded) Scottish Early Music Consort. Dunedin Consort was forming at the time and before long was programming repertoire involving instrumentalists as well as singers. Sarah feels fortunate and proud to have been involved since those early days and very much enjoys being part of Dunedin Consort’s continuing evolution.

As well as a passion for early music Sarah also has a special interest in contemporary music and embraces the challenges presented by playing new music on gut strings.