Louise Latham, Leader

Louise Latham studied at the Royal Northern College of Music gaining a teaching diploma with distinction, a performing diploma, and was awarded the Hiles Gold Medal for orchestral playing. She was a member of the BBC Philharmonic for six years before commencing a busy freelance career working with the BBC Phil, Halle, RLPO and Northern Chamber Orchestra. In 2001 she was invited to tour the USA for three months as leader of London City Opera Orchestra. Highlights of her orchestral work include a concert in Carnegie Hall whilst touring the USA with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and, more recently, Wagner’s Ring Cycle with Opera North.

As a conductor, she has worked with the Blackburn Symphony Orchestra, Amaretti Chamber Orchestra and Vale Royal Strings. She also directs from the violin the Academy of St. Peter’s, a small string orchestra based in St. Peter’s, Hale.

Chamber music has always been a big part of her musical life; piano trio, string quartet and Baroque group concerts making a welcome contrast to the orchestral repertoire.

Teaching commitments involve her at Manchester University, as course director of chamber music and string orchestra courses at Alston Hall and Higham Hall and with violin students of all ages.

Her constant musical companion is a violin by Michele Deconet made in Venice in 1754.