Amherst, Timothy

Timothy Amherst read music at University College Cardiff, and went on to study the double bass at the Royal Academy of Music with Robin McGee. He subsequently studied privately with Thomas Martin. Tim plays with a wide range of orchestras and ensembles in the UK, and he particularly enjoys working with those groups which specialise in period performance. These include the Academy of Ancient Music, the Gabrieli Players, the Classical Opera Company, Florilegium, the Avison Ensemble, the Dunedin Consort and the Retrospect Ensemble. He was for nine years principal bass with The King's Consort. 

For the baroque repertoire Tim's favourite instrument is a bass made in Venice c.1700; he also plays large and small violones as required. For classical music he uses a five-string violone by the Viennese maker J. G. Thir (1757).