May Halyburton studied double bass at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. On graduating in 1994 with a BA (musical studies), a Certificate of Post Graduate Studies and the Eugene Cruft Prize for double bass, she took up the post of sub principal bass with Orquestra Simfonica de Balears, de Mallorca.
Since returning to Scotland, she has freelanced extensively throughout the UK as an orchestral and chamber musician. May has a very eclectic taste in music and also regularly performs and records with a variety of ensembles, groups and bands, covering a wide range of genres and styles.
May is a highly sought after teacher and works with students of all ages and stages, with a special interest in mini bass tuition. She is the creator and author of the children’s books with music composers, “Around the World with Bessy.” which strives to sow the seed of curiosity about the wonderful world of music in the minds of nursery and primary school aged children, leading from the double bass.