Katharine May Harpsichord and continuo

Teaching and Coaching

`Every mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing.` Barry Finlay

A highly experienced and dedicated teacher, Katharine May (GRSM Hons, ARCM) has enjoyed teaching all ages and abilities for over 25 years. She has taught widely in schools including Wycombe Abbey School and the Royal College of Music Junior Department and has a thriving private practice. A graduate of the Royal College of Music where she also took her ARCM Teaching Diploma, Katharine studied the harpsichord and piano with Ruth Dyson and Ruth Gerald respectively, and was awarded the Raymond Ffennell Prize for best degree of the year on graduation. She has since inspired and encouraged generations of students to achieve their goals and realize their potential. Lessons are tailor made to suit the individual, whether to pass exams or diplomas, or to take it up again after a break or as a complete beginner. (c/o musicteachers.co.uk)


I have really, really appreciated the way you have reawakened my musical senses and spirit in the last few years and given me an enduring love of the harpsichord.
However much music I do, playing it will always be my greatest pleasure.


Katharine is also much in demand as a private coach to many baroque chamber music groups where her relaxed yet informative and encouraging style is combined with high standards and attention to detail. Herself an experienced continuo player her work has taken her all over the UK, Ireland, Europe and Canada and is praised by her contemporaries for it`s rhythmic energy and sensitivity. From 1995 to 2000 she tutored the Baroque Consort at Morley College, London and coached baroque chamber music at Hawkwood College near Stroud from 2008-2012. Since 1995 she has reviewed concerts, festivals, books, sheet music and CDs for Early Music Today.

Thank you for all your wisdom and support.
I really hope that you'll be able to tutor us next year.
It makes such a difference and I can't think of anyone who could do it better.


Thank you so much for organising such a wonderful day yesterday!
I enjoyed it so much and, as always, learned a lot!
Please ask Katharine to come again next year!!