Timothy Roberts developed a passion for Baroque music during his schooldays, when he had organ lessons from Francis Routh and spent many hours getting to know the 18th-century harpsichords at Fenton House in his native Hampstead (north London). He later studied with Christopher Kite and Jill Severs, also receiving master-class tuition from Kenneth Gilbert and Gustav Leonhardt. He worked for about thirty years as a busy touring early keyboard player, during which he became a principal member of the Gabrieli Consort and Players and also director of His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts, and like many colleagues of his generation he contributed to a large number of CD recordings. Later – seeking a lifestyle involving less wasted time in airports and hotels – he moved to southern Europe, working as a church organist in Provence and, especially, Mallorca, where he still enjoys musical connections especially thanks to his friendship with the Baroque orchestra Ars Musicae.
Forty years on from his Cambridge graduation, Tim became a grandfather and now prefers a home-based life. His first full-time job had been as an editoral assistant on the 1980 edition of The New Grove, since when he has produced historical editions, especially of English music, for several publishers (see list). More recently he has also gained experience as a music-setter (using Sibelius 7), a composer, and also a recording engineer and sound editor, single-handedly producing CDs for SfzMusic and Toccata Classics. He enjoys his work as a piano accompanist at Bird College and as a volunteer at the after-school literacy scheme Hackney Pirates.