Keith Tempest worked as a freelance cellist after finishing his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music. During his early years he performed recitals up and down the country with the late Mary Gilmartin, as a member of the London Flute Trio, and also the Ibert and Damase Trios.
He has worked with the Bournemouth Symphony and Welsh National Opera orchestras, was principal cellist for the Emerald Ensemble and a number of other chamber music groups. He premiered the cello concerto by Robert Ellie.
Keith has performed for many British Music festivals and Music societies but is most known for his work as the cellist in the Bath’s Pump Room Trio, a position he has held for 30 years. Along side his playing career he teaches at Bath Spa University.
His work also includes recitals playing Baroque cello and the Viola da Gamba.