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Tatty Theo


Tatty Theo comes from a family of cellists going back 3 generations, and her interest in baroque repertoire became apparent at a very young age. Tatty’s earliest experiences of the cello were playing duets with her grandfather William Pleeth, and listening to her uncle Anthony perform Geminiani cello sonatas on the baroque cello. After reading music at The Queen’s College, Oxford, Tatty continued her studies at postgraduate level at the Royal College of Music where she won many of the Early Music prizes. She has performed as a soloist at Festivals throughout Britain and Europe, with live broadcasts for BBC and various European radio stations. A lifelong passion for Handel and a love of performing chamber music are two of Tatty’s driving forces and this was instrumental in her founding the award-winning period instrument group The Brook Street Band. As well as performing, Tatty writes for various publications about Handel and eighteenth-century music in general. Tatty is currently working on the first two chapters of a book about William Pleeth, having been awarded a Finzi scholarship to research William’s musical life in London pre-1930 and his studies in Leipzig from 1930–32. She is also researching material for an eventual book examining Handel’s use of the cello.

Read her interview with Continuo Connect here.