Louis Baily

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2018

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Cello

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Louis Baily began playing the Cello at age five, gaining a music scholarship at eleven to study at Bootham School, York. Currently in his fourth year at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, he studies with Tim Lowe. He has played in masterclasses with world class cellists and in open rehearsals with the London Symphony Orchestra and the orchestra of St. Martin in the Fields. In May he will audition for a place on the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Devlpoment Scheme, ‘Foye’s Future Firsts’

                Louis has a passion for chamber music and, since its formation in 2017, his string quartet – the Treske Ensemble – has given many recitals across North Yorkshire and at the Llandeilo Festival. Outside of the Guildhall, Louis performs regularly as the principal cellist with the St. Cecilia Orchestra in Ripon. In 2016 he made his Concerto debut with the Vacation Chamber Orchestra, playing Boccherini’s Cello Concerto in B flat. In 2017 he played with the ‘New Generation Festival Orchestra’ in Florence in performances of Donizetti’s ‘L’elisir d’Amore’ and has benn invited back in the summer of 2018 to perform Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni’.

Recently he has gained experience at Abbey Road Studios, recording new compositions for silent films including Hitchcock’s ‘The Lodger’ and ‘A Couple of Down and Outs’, and Cecil Hepworth’s ‘Helen of Four Gates’. In 2017, as part of a string and wind ensemble, Louis participated in educational workshops in eight primary schools across North Yorkshire, performing works by York based composer, Dr Richard Shephard.

Louis plays on a 2015 Jan Bobak cello and has been awarded a scholarship by the Guildhall to commence his studies on the Artist Masters in performance course in September 2018.

Louis is supported by Help Musicians UK in his studies at the Guildhall.