Miles Golding was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1951. He spent his early years in England, but from 1958 he lived in New Zealand. He studied music at Wellington College, Victoria University, and Auckland University.
Golding has also served as leader in several other England-based period-instrument orchestras since the 1980s, including Badinage, Armonico Consort, and the 18th Century Concert Orchestra. Golding began making recordings in the 1980s, his first major effort being Vivaldi's L'estro armonico, issued on Archiv Producktion (DG) in 1987. Golding remained busy into the new century. In 2003, along with his wife, mezzo-soprano Catherine Denley, he helped found a youth orchestra in his hometown of Harpenden, England. Golding reunited with former Split Enz member Tim Finn for several concerts in London in 2007-2008, and for the 2008 recording The Conversation, on the Capitol label.