Although Angela trained as a cellist at the Royal Academy of Music, she learned the art of continuo playing by visiting King’s College, Cambridge on a regular basis and performing with them, under the late Sir David Willcocks, in many of their concerts.
After starting to work as a freelance player in London, she was soon invited to work with the English Baroque Soloists as Co-Principal Cellist under Sir John Eliot Gardiner. She remained in this post during the 1980s in the heyday of baroque choral repertoire recording, performing in venues such as La Scala Milan, the Sydney Opera House, the Carnegie Hall, the Palace of Versailles and the ruins of Pompeii.
The Early Music movement gradually advanced to include the Classics and some early Romantic repertoire. At this point, Angela founded her chamber music group, The Revolutionary Drawing Room and diversified her sources of work to include many other early music groups such as the Gabrieli Consort and Players, the King’s Consort, the Brandenburg Consort and the Hanover Band. She was also invited to play in the first performance on original instruments at Glyndebourne with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Sir Simon Rattle.
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