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 throught the UK and has also been a member of Essex Baroque Orchestra and the Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra. Sophie has been recorder tutor at Chichester University since 1996. Sophie formed her own Baroque period chamber group, The Parnassian Ensemble, in 1998.
Since graduating at Trinity College of Music Helen now works as a performer, teacher and conductor. She performs regularly as soloist and chamber musician, including many concerts with The Consort of Twelve and The Parnassian Ensemble. She has an ongoing relationship with the composer Steve Marshall and has premiered several of his concertos. Helen spends a large part of her working life travelling throughout the UK, working as a conductor of recorder orchestras and ensembles and as musical director of the Thames Valley Recorder Orchestra and the Mellow Tones Recorder Orchestra.
Lynden Cranham studied at the Royal Academy of Music and with Maurice Eisenberg at Juilliard. A keen chamber musician, she toured and broadcast in Britain and Europe with the Burnell Piano Trio. Moving to America, she taught at Cornell and toured the US and New Zealand with the Accordo Perfetto Piano Quartet. Soloist in the Elgar Concerto and the Brahms Double at Cornell, she gave regular recitals on period and modern instruments, including the US premiere of Lutosławski’s Grave: Metamorphoses for Cello and Piano. The Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky wrote Voyages for Cello and Orchestra for her, which she premiered at Yale and in New York City. Lynden specialises in historical performance, and has recorded and toured worldwide with England’s major period orchestras, with conductors including Gardiner, Rattle and Hogwood. She performs frequently in many parts of the country as a chamber-music and continuo player, and recitalist. Lynden has recently completed a PhD at Birkbeck, University of London, on the topic of music in 19th-century London.