Sharon Gould (harpsichord)

Sharon Gould discovered Bach and The Beatles at the same time, aged 8. Fascinated by the syncopated rhythms of both, and sad at being unable to join the latter as keyboard player, she took harpsichord lessons, forming her own Baroque orchestra five years later. This enterprising start led to an invitation to be the first music student at Churchill College, Cambridge, from where she founded and directed ‘The Vivaldi Players’.

She has since conducted many orchestras and ensembles, often directing from the keyboard. Currently director of the Baroque and early Folk group ‘Early Bird’, Sharon creates concert programmes exploring the intersections of these two styles. Jointly run with recorder virtuoso Rebecca Prosser, their concerts are collaborations with instrumentalists and singers based in the South West.

In a harpsichord career centred on the music of Bach, in particular his Partitas, Goldberg Variations and Concertos, she has performed across Europe and America. Recordings include harpsichord music by Pachelbel and Felix Maximo Lopez, with appearances on TV and radio in England, Spain and National Public Radio in the US.

Sharon has been on the harpsichord and chamber music staff of the RCM Junior Department, Chetham’s Music School and the RNCM in Manchester. She is an examiner, trainer and moderator for ABRSM, and is one of the authors of the ABRSM book ‘Teaching Notes on Piano Exam Pieces’. As a soprano, Sharon is a member of the Salisbury Cathedral Chamber Choir and the six-voice singing group ‘Skylarks’.