Jan Spencer studied baroque cello and viola da gamba at Dartington and The Guildhall School of Music. Since the mid eighties he has played violone and bass violin for many leading baroque orchestras, touring and recording with The Sixteen, Florilegium, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and The Gabrieli Players amongst others. 

As viola da gambist, Jan has accompanied James Bowman, Emma Kirkby, Alfred Deller and Sarah Conolly. Living on a smallholding in East Devon, Jan and his partner grow most of their own food and are developing their farm into an educational resource for disadvantaged teenagers.