Warwick Lydiate was born in London to musical parents, and began studying the violin aged seven. He trained at the Birmingham School of Music and from 1976 to 1991 he joined City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra where he enjoyed being part of the rich flowering of this ensemble under the musical direction of Simon Rattle. In 1991 Warwick had a change of career and attended Spurgeon’s Theological College, London where he trained to be a Church leader. He was minister of Baptist Churches in Birmingham and Chard until 2012. Warwick continued to play his violin in solo and chamber music capacities and since his retirement from ministry has returned to orchestral playing with both the Isca Ensemble in Exeter, and the Axe Vale Orchestra.