Dr Tim Tricker grew up in the village of Elmsett, Suffolk, beginning the piano at the age of six, and the bassoon at eleven. He played as principal bassoonist in the Suffolk Youth Orchestra, and in many other orchestras around the county. Tim moved to Aberdeen in 1989 to study for a degree in English Literature. During this time he sang with King's College Chapel Choir and musically directed the Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Upon graduating he moved to Edinburgh, and became director of music and choirmaster of Fairmilehead Church. He was for two years musical director of the Edinburgh Footlights Society. He returned to Aberdeen to complete a PhD on the animal poetry of Ted Hughes, and now teaches at the University. Tim has always been involved in the theatre, both as actor and author. He co-wrote and musically directed the sell-out Edinburgh Fringe show Gilbert and Sullivan Go Wilde, and has had many of his plays performed by various groups. In addition to Concordia, Tim conducts the Grampian Concert Orchestra and the Grampian Hospitals' Choir. He is also in frequent demand as an accompanist and a composer.