Louise Braithwaite


Oboe, Cor Anglais, Oboe d'amore

Orchestral, theatre, opera, chamber music, contemporary music and education

Freelance Portfolio

Orchestra of the Swan

Principal Cor Anglais and Co-Principal Oboe, since 2005

The Royal Shakespeare Company

Contemporary music development and live performance, including on-stage integrated work from memory and in costume

Longborough Festival Opera

Principal Cor Anglais and Oboe 2, since 2007

Specialist in off-stage cor anglais solos of Wagner's operas Tristan und Isolde and Tannhäuser

City of Birmingham Symphony


Deputy Oboe 2/3 and extra player, since 2006

English Symphony Orchestra

Guest Principal Cor Anglais and

guest Oboe 2 

The Bach Camerata

Specialising in Cor Anglais (oboe da caccia) and Oboe d'amore obligati in the choral works of JS Bach

My performing experience includes live and recorded performance in diverse and unusual venues, international radio and TV broadcasting, studio recording, live studio relay, backing orchestras, concert and opera performance, costumed, choreographed contemporary music in memorised performance at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and an appearance in the BBC radio series 'The Archers'.

I joined Orchestra of the Swan as Principal Cor Anglais and Co-Principal Oboe in 2005 and have performed with them as a soloist in the concert hall and live on BBC Radio 3.

Huw Watkins' out of the stillness for cor anglais and string orchestra was commissioned for me by Orchestra of the Swan, supported by the Royal Philharmonic Society and the Performing Rights Society Foundation for Music, in 2012. 

I'm a core member of Orchestra of the Swan, and a guest freelance performer with other ensembles and independent orchestra contractors. I have the pleasure of working regularly with a small number of clients.

Guest Speaking

I write and deliver talks with live music illustration on musical topics for special interest

Music clubs, supper clubs and U3A.

I'm a guest lecturer in Performance and Pedagogy for final year and postgraduate students

at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, with a special focus on working with young people

with learning disabilities and programmes for beginner instrumentalists.