Lisa Timbs - Pianist

B.A. (Hons), F.I.S.M.,

S.E.D.A. Accredited Teacher

Lisa began her study of the piano at the age of six, but her love of the instrument started much earlier.  Her musical journey led her, via a Pre-Professional Music Course at South Downs College in Hampshire where she won the Edward and Dorothy Kilford Prize for Performance, to a place at Trinity College of Music. She chose instead to read music at Southampton University where she achieved a first in the performance element of her degree and was invited back to take up a post as piano tutor, where she remained for eleven years.  Whilst there, and in conjunction with S.E.D.A. and the Royal College of Music, she helped to formulate a programme of accreditation for instrumental teachers teaching in higher education.  She was one of the first to receive this accreditation.

Performance has always been a fundamental part of Lisa’s career both in a concert environment and at functions.  She has had successful partnerships with a number of singers and instrumentalists, performing at numerous venues around the country.  She embarked on a successful series of recitals for two pianos and with a mezzo-soprano colleague performed in Australia following a competition win courtesy of Qantas airlines.  Together they were also fortunate enough to be chosen to participate in a Masterclass given by world renowned accompanist Roger Vignoles. 

Lisa is passionate about her role as accompanist and whilst living in Hampshire she was made official accompanist to the Portsmouth Music Competition Festival and fulfilled that role for over 10 years until moving to Dorset in 2009.  Since then she has played for a number of choirs including the multi award winning New Forest Children’s & Chamber Choirs performing with them for their Patron John Rutter and under the baton of composer Will Todd and has been Principal Accompanist for the acclaimed Highcliffe Youth Choir and the Dorset Police Male Voice Choir following ten years in that role with their Hampshire counterparts.

Lisa complements her work with a project she began in 2012 called Musitiquity.   This combines her passions for music and history by playing period instruments in a period setting with authentic replica clothing, in order to bring the past to life.  Recent engagements have included lecture recitals at Highclere Castle and performances at The Royal Mint, Mompesson House, Mottisfont Abbey, Jane Austen House Museum, and in the presence of the Earl of Wessex for the launch of Hampshire Cultural Trust’s exhibition ‘The Mysterious Miss Austen’ in Winchester.

Her mentor and inspiration for over a decade was international pianist and composer Clifford Benson whose musicianship and insight she has always endeavoured to pass on to her own students.

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