Toby Carr

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Music | Strings, Harp & Guitar
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Toby Carr, professor at Guildhall School of Music & Drama


Toby Carr is a lutenist and guitarist who is known as an innovative and versatile artist, working with some of the finest musicians in the business. He studied guitar at Trinity Laban with Graham Devine, where he was also introduced to the lute by David Miller. Postgraduate studies followed at Guildhall School of Music & Drama, with Robert Brightmore, David Miller and William Carter.

Toby is in demand as a soloist, accompanist, continuo player and chamber musician, performing with most of the principal period instrument groups in the UK as well as modern orchestras and opera companies. These include the Academy of Ancient Music, the English Concert and Dunedin Consort, as well as orchestras and opera companies such as the Royal Ballet, London Philharmonic Orchestra and English Touring Opera.

A specialism in song accompaniment has led to collaborations with singers such as Emma Kirkby, Nicholas Mulroy, and Alexander Chance. 2022 saw the release of Battle Cry: She Speaks with the mezzo Helen Charlston, to universally positive reviews, with the Guardian describing his playing as ‘sensuous and vivid.’

Toby is a professor at Guildhall school of Music & Drama, where he specialises in guitar chamber music. Creative collaboration is at the heart of everything that he does, and he is delighted to share this passion with the next generation of musicians.