Musician playing double bass

On leave for most of the 2023/24 Season

Pippa Macmillan is a renowned specialist of historical bass instruments. She is a core member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, though she is currently on leave of absence and is exploring performing opportunities in Australia, including with Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Pinchgut Opera, Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra, and Australian Haydn Ensemble. The first undergraduate of the Royal Academy of Music to specialize in Baroque Bass, she has since completed a Masters in Historical Performance at The Juilliard School. Between 2015 and 2019 she was Professor of Baroque Double Bass at the Royal College of Music.

Pippa performs regularly with the English Concert, including at Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall. She has played at Glyndebourne Festival Opera and the BBC Proms with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and she performs with Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, English Baroque Soloists, Academy of Ancient Music, and Florilegium. She has also appeared as guest principal with the Handel and Haydn Society, Boston. In 2015 she appeared in London’s West End in the Globe Theatre’s production of Farinelli and the King, and also in the play’s Broadway transfer in 2017.

Pippa is a fully qualified Suzuki cello teacher, as well as a trained Suzuki double bass and piano teacher, and throughly enjoys teaching and watching students develop.

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An interview with Pippa Macmillan in Bass World

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Tafel Magazine: In Conversation with Pippa Macmillan and Chi-chi Nwanoku