Belinda Sykes & JOGLARESA
May Robertson - fidel, voice
A UK-based violinist, branching out from her roots in the early music world. Her quest for free musical expression led her to a rigorous baroque violin training, with the discovery of gut strings, historical improvisation and whole new repertoires. She is now going further, collaborating with and learning from artists from many world cultures.
Going further east (but remaining firmly in London) May plays Indian-style violin for the Odissi Ensemble. They performed at last year's Darbar Festival. This is part of her work with Kadam, which has also put her and kathak dancer Parbati Chaudhury together to explore solo Bach, and put her in a group of wonderful artists including Ranjana Ghatak and Arieb Azhar to perform Kamal Kaan's 'The Rose and the Bulbul', a cross-cultural theatre, dance and music piece about love and acceptance. She recently continued her work with Arieb as a duo, adding violin to his wonderful songs which cover a geographical range from the Punjab to Ireland.
May has various baroque chamber projects in the pipeline - some of the groups are International Baroque Players, Charivari Agreable (in both its chamber and orchestral incarnations), Armonico Consort, Ex Cathedra, and others. During her training she was inspired by projects with musicians such as Margaret Faultless, Pavlo Beznosiuk, Richard Egarr, Jaap ter Linden, Barthold Kuijken and the late Frans Brüggen.
She still gets her modern violin out for various interesting collaborations, sharing a platform with artists as diverse and lovely as SK Shlomo, Meilyr Jones and Camille O'Sullivan.
She read English at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where she held a university instrumental award, sang in the college choir in services three times a week and in lots of tours, and began her journey in baroque music. She then continued her modern violin studies at Trinity Laban (MMus Distinction) with baroque violin as a second study. She specialised in the baroque violin at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague in the class of Walter Reiter and Kati Debretzeni.