Louise Lansdown has joined Birmingham Conservatoire as its new head of strings. She has been a full-time viola and chamber music tutor at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester since 2001. She is also director of chamber music at Pro Corda, the international chamber music academy at Leiston Abbey in Suffolk.

Lansdown is the founder and president of the English Viola Society, which was established in 2007. She is also secretary of the International Viola Society. She performs with the Pleyel Ensemble, based in Manchester.