Lynda Houghton is Principal Double Bass with the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields and has been playing with the orchestra for over 25 years on many world tours and recordings. Having studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and at the Banff Centre for Fine Arts in Canada, she rapidly went on to establish a reputation as a talented exponent of contemporary music, much in demand with the London Sinfonietta. She was also invited to play with the London Symphony Orchestra-the first woman bassist in that orchestra. She is principal bass in the City of London Sinfonia and Orchestra of St John's Smith Square, and is guest artist with the Nash Ensemble and the Fibonacci Sequence. Since 1996 she has regularly played at the Sangat Chamber Music Festival in Mumbai and also in Germany at the Mecklenburg-Vorponnen Chamber Music Festival. As an enthusiastic 'period' instrumentalist she has toured and recorded with Trevor Pinnock's English Concert and with John Eliot Gardiner's English Baroque Soloists. Lynda is now an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.