Folk/World singer, classical soprano, multi-instrumentalist and composer Anna Tam enjoys an eclectic career performing on cello, baroque cello, viola da gamba, nyckelharpa, vielle and hurdy gurdy. Anna sings with a clear bright voice and gives traditional British songs her own loving personal twist. She sings in Celtic languages as well as middle English, Latin and early dialects. Her approach to the folk tradition is centred in the stories the songs tell and the people who lived them. She performs extensively as a solo artist and is also the musical director of British early music/folk ensemble ‘Wilde Roses’. Wilde Roses have toured in the US and Europe and released their debut album to critical acclaim. Their second album ‘Woven’ is due for release in Autumn 2020 on the Rubicon Classics label.
“an extraordinary vocal performance” Folking
“lingering and memorable songs…they pull you inexorably into a delicate fabric of instruments and voices” FolkWords
“an engaging programme, performed with brio and style” Fatea
During her early studies she toured internationally in Europe and Canada, performed at the Wigmore Hall, London and sang at St Mark’s Basilica, Venice. Whilst at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama she performed several times on BBC Radio 3, including for a festival of the works of Elliot Carter, developing her long-standing interest in contemporary music, furthered by performing works by Frank Martin with the LPO Future Firsts at the Purcell Room, London.
It was her extensive exploration of Bach’s cello suites during performances throughout the UK and Europe that led her to investigate historical performance practices on baroque cello and later viola da gamba, vielle, nyckelharpa and hurdy gurdy. This specialism gave her in 2012 the opportunity to perform the premiere of two previously unknown arias by Vivaldi recently discovered at Berkeley Castle, Gloucestershire on BBC1’s ‘Britain’s Hidden Heritage’. Between 2013 and 2016, she was part of early choral ensemble, the Mediaeval Baebes with whom she has toured worldwide, made both national and international TV appearances and several recordings.
In 2014 Anna released a classical album “With love…” with pianist Jonathan Musgrave featuring some of the most loved works in the repertoire for soprano and cello.
Anna lives on her beautiful boat just outside London gaining inspiration from the woods and the river. Here she also produces the YouTube series ‘Folk from the Boat.’