Tim Rayborn, an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist, plays dozens of musical instruments from medieval Europe, the Middle East, and the Balkans, including: lutes, plucked strings, flutes, and
percussion. He has recorded to date on more than 35 CDs for a number of labels, including Gaudeamus, Wild Boar, EMP, Magnatune, and Harmonia Mundi. Tim lived in the UK for seven years, taking his Ph.D. in medieval studies at the University of Leeds, and working as a musician. He has toured the U.S. and Europe extensively (from Ireland to Turkey), performing with the medieval groups Tintagel and Ensemble Florata (including concerts at both the York and Beverley Early Music Festivals, Alden Biesen Castle in Belgium, Bunyloa in Majorca, and the Spitalfields Festival in London).
He has given a number of performances for BBC in the UK and Channel Islands, toured in Canada and Australia, and worked with folk musicians in Marrakech and Istanbul. He has taught at the SFEMS Medieval/Renaissance summer workshop, and Pinewoods Early Music Week in MA, and has appeared with many early music performers, including Ensemble Alcatraz, Anne Azema, Mary Springfels, Susan Rode Morris, Sinfonye, and members of the Dufay Collective and Harp Consort. In addition to his solo programs, he currently co-directs Cançonièr with Annette Bauer, performs with Patrick Ball, and collaborates regularly with Shira Kammen.
Rita Lilly has appeared as a featured soloist with the American Boychoir, American Classical Orchestra, American Symphony Orchestra, Artek, Bachworks, Bach Aria Group, Concert Royal, Levin Baroque Ensemble, and the New York Consort of Viols, among others. As the soprano soloist of the Waverly Consort, she toured throughout the U.S. and abroad, including performances at Alice Tully Hall and Metropolitan Museum of Art. She made her N.Y. Weill Recital Hall debut in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Voci Angeli and has toured in recital with the renowned harpsichordist, Anthony Newman. Ms. Lilly has been a featured soloist with AVE, Baroque Choral Guild (now Cantabile), California Bach Society, City Concert Opera, New Music Works, Magnificat, S.F. Concert Chorale, Chora Nova, and numerous early music concerts at MusicSources.
Her recordings include three with the Waverly Consort; Handel and Vivaldi’s Dixit Dominus with the American Boychoir; Scarlatti’s St. Cecilia Mass on Newport Classic; Sowerby’s Medieval Poem with the Fairfield Orchestra; a German Baroque Christmas with American Classical Orchestra; Orff’s Carmina Burana with the S.F. Concert Chorale, and Palestrina for Eight Voices with the Schola Adventus.