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The Category Early Music Ensembles is a subset of Concert Music Ensembles. Look at that broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Early Music Ensembles which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Ensemble’s Full Record.

 

In contrast, the following Early Music Ensembles do not (currently) have Records in 'Open Concerts and Recitals'. Here, clicking on a Title of interest should link you to a relevant external Website (or Facebook Page):

- Alamire

- BarrocoTout

- Chalemie

- City of Lincoln Waites

- Manchester Renaissance Ensemble

- Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments

 

! Early Music Ensembles KEY
VISITS (to the Website)16
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)36

‘Formed in 2005, we are a mainly modern instrument Baroque ensemble, although many of our string players have Baroque bows. We aim for an “authentic” playing style, and we do sometimes tune down a semitone to Baroque pitch - for example when we have music for strings only, or when Baroque wind instruments are available. We generally play music from about 1600-1785, from late Renaissance pieces at one end to early Classical at the other, including music by Haydn & Mozart. In most concerts we perform trio sonatas or other smaller scale works as well as concertos and sinfonias, and from time to time include vocal and choral music, to provide our audiences - and players - with plenty of variety. Many of our players play to concerto standard, so we do not normally employ paid soloists from outside the ensemble.’

+ Ashford Baroque Ensemble
VISITS (to the Website)25
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)58

'The musicians of Boxwood & Brass combine musical virtuosity with an active research profile, creating new editions of key repertoire, unearthing unknown works in far-flung archives, and reviving music not heard since the 18th century. We curate our programmes specifically for each venue and occasion, drawing on original repertoire as well as contemporary arrangements made for the harmonie-ensembles of the late 18th and early 19th century. Our repertoire draws the large body of original works written specifically for winds, many in exclusive new scholarly editions. We also explore the "Art of Arrangement", central to the musical life of the Classical period. Composers, Kappellmeisters and musicians created thousands of arrangements of new and popular works, both for specific Harmonie, and for widespread publication.'

 

+ Boxwood & Brass
VISITS (to the Website)160
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)127

‘Since its formation in 1996 by baroque cellist Tatty Theo, the award-winning Brook Street Band has established itself as one of the country’s foremost interpreters of Handel’s music. The name comes from the street in London’s Mayfair where George Frideric Handel lived and composed for most of his working life.‘

+ Brook Street Band
VISITS (to the Website)266
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)146
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An ensemble of musicians who specialise in the performance of Baroque music using the styles, techniques and instruments of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The Consort was founded in 1982 and has hosted ... concerts both in the Chichester area and farther afield ... Many people ask why we call ourselves The Consort of Twelve, when in fact we are usually more than that number. Here's the explanation. "The Consort of ..." was  a title commonly given to bands that accompanied masques in the early years of the seventeenth century. Since we originally formed with about twelve strings players, often with two oboes, we adopted this title for our first performance with Opera 70 in 1981.’

+ Consort of Twelve
VISITS (to the Website)61
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)122
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

'All the mystery and passion of Scotland's ancient musical heritage evoked by the voices and authentic instruments of the Highland consort, Coronach.'

+ Coronach
VISITS (to the Website)140
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)341
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The principal orchestra in the South West specialising in baroque and early classical music played on period instruments and in appropriate style ... In the spirit of a true Baroque orchestra, the size and composition of Devon Baroque varies. This reflects the demands of the repertoire, from a small chamber ensemble to a larger orchestra with wind players ... Devon Baroque relies on the financial backing of its supporters; Audiences, Individuals, Dartington Arts, and Grant making bodies like the Exeter & Devon Classical Music Trust ... Together, we can reach our goal of placing Devon Baroque at the forefront of exciting music making, concert giving and education work, not only in Devon, but throughout the South West region and beyond. We have great plans, creative ideas, and fabulous, highly skilled professional musicians.’

 

+ Devon Baroque
VISITS (to the Website)5
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)7
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘An early music group based in the town of Doncaster. They take their name from the bands of musicians who used to be employed by local corporations as town musicians, “The Waites”. The present band are all local musicians with an interest in early music. They have been together now for a considerable number of years! The music they play is generally centred around the first half of the 17th century, the time when the first detailed accounts of the original Doncaster Waites appear in the archives. Their costume is also based on these accounts and the men accurately represent how the original Waites would have looked at that time. Women of course would never have been Waites, but we like to think that the Waites would have been joined by their friends and family in private music making in the houses and inns of Doncaster.‘

+ Doncaster Waites
VISITS (to the Website)176
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)185
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Founded in 1995 and is named after Din Eidyn, the ancient Celtic name of Edinburgh Castle ... The ensemble has established itself as the leading Scottish Baroque ensemble, performing at the nation’s major festivals and in Canada, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Israel and France. In addition to performing Baroque and Classical repertoire and researching specific historical performance projects, the ensemble has commissioned and performed works by numerous contemporary composers.’

 

+ Dunedin Consort
VISITS (to the Website)47
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)69
Concerts and Recitals Season

Dates of forthcoming concerts and recitals for January - June 2020 are also already listed on the Consort’s Website.

Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A virtuoso period instrument ensemble with a host of distinguished recordings to its name. Since its formation in 1993, ECSE has performed at many major music festivals in the UK and abroad ... In addition to its work with professional vocal groups and solo recitals, ECSE also works closely with other like-minded instrumental ensembles such as the Monteverdi String Band and the Altenburg Ensemble. ECE also performs regularly with choral societies throughout Britain, including many performances of Claudio Monteverdi’s magnificent 1610 Vespers.’

+ English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble
VISITS (to the Website)205
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)148
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Lifting the music off the page, DeNOTE brings the works of the classical masters to life in a soundscape that the composers themselves would have recognised. DeNOTE goes beyond the notated texts and into the world of creative improvisation expressing a unique and deep understanding of Classical performance practice. DeNOTE’s imaginative reinterpretations bridge the gap between performance and scholarship. Grounded in the latest research, DeNOTE’s engaging recitals and lecture-recitals ensure that every performance is a journey of discovery.’

+ Ensemble DeNOTE
VISITS (to the Website)61
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)130
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’Exploring baroque music together since 2014 ... London-based ensemble specialising in, but not limited to, French music of the 17th and 18th centuries ... Formed by participants of the Dartington International Summer School ... with performers from Japan, the UK, Germany and Australia.’

 

+ Ensemble Molière
VISITS (to the Website)6
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)19
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A leading UK choir and Early Music ensemble with a repertoire that reaches from the 12th to the 21st centuries. We are known for our passion for seeking out the best, the unfamiliar and the unexpected in the choral repertoire and for giving dynamic performances underpinned by detailed research.‘

+ Ex Cathedra
VISITS (to the Website)207
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)206
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Perform music from the late Medieval and Renaissance periods on a variety of period instruments, including recorder, crumhorn, cornamuse, rackett, kortholt, curtal, shawm, rebec, bagpipes, medieval fiddle, harp, hurdy gurdy, symphony, organ, harpsichord and percussion. We also include vocal music in our programmes, both a capella and with instruments. Our repertoire includes works ranging from the 11th century through to consort music of the early 1600s. We edit much of the music ourselves, often consulting the original sources, and we pay particular attention to performance practice in order to make sure that we are getting as close as is reasonably possible (given the many uncertainties!) to the original instrumentation and character of the music.’

+ Faronel
VISITS (to the Website)89
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)289

‘Specialising in the historically accurate performance of music from the 18th century, the Feinstein Ensemble’s concerts and recordings of the Baroque repertoire have been acclaimed both in the UK and internationally ... They are resident period orchestra at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, performing around 30 concerts a year there ... The Feinstein Ensemble is best known for its interpretations of Bach. Collaborations with their sister group the London Bach Singers have resulted in critically acclaimed performances of all of Bach’s major choral works ... The Singers specialise in single-voice performances of Bach’s Cantatas, Passions and Masses.’

+ Feinstein Ensemble
VISITS (to the Website)176
Also indexedLondon Bach Singers
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)196

‘Founded in 1983, Fiori Musicali have been at the forefront of bringing wonderful baroque and classical music to people and places throughout Britain. We are still going strong and run concerts throughout the year ... Fiori appear in many guises – as a choir, as a small chamber ensemble and as a chamber orchestra; and our CDs include Purcell, Vivaldi, Bach, Zelenka and much else besides.‘

+ Fiori Musicali
VISITS (to the Website)97
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)174
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘One of Britain’s most outstanding period groups with a reputation for stylish & exciting interpretations from chamber to larger choral and orchestral works.’

+ Florilegium
VISITS (to the Website)24
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)40
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Gabrieli are a choir and period instrument orchestra founded and led by Artistic Director Paul McCreesh. We perform and record great choral, vocal and instrumental repertoire from the renaissance to the present day for the widest possible audience, cultivating an international reputation for excellence, innovation and ambition. Our mission is to educate the public, in every sense – to be standard bearers for the highest quality of performance, to explain, illustrate and illuminate the guiding principles behind our performance ideals and to offer first-class performance opportunities to young people through our bold and ambitious education programme, Gabrieli Roar.’

+ Gabrieli
VISITS (to the Website)103
Also indexedGabrieli Roar
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)162

’The Orchestra comprises some of the best period instrument specialists in the UK. They are considered to be some of the best in their field. Their performances and recordings have been described as “revelatory, luscious, outstanding and illuminating”. ‘Through dedication and scholarly work, the Band have gained an enviable niche for themselves within the early music movement, as being “one of the UK’s finest period instrument orchestras”. Their distinguished players are committed to education work and passing on their enthusiasm and knowledge to the next generation of music lovers - they teach in the top music conservatoires in the UK.’

+ Hanover Band
VISITS (to the Website)114
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)100
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Acknowledged worldwide as the most innovative British vocal ensemble specialising in early music. Their stylish staged productions of Renaissance and Baroque music-theatre works together with virtuosic performances of contemporary repertoire have won them friends from the BBC Proms to Soweto and brought this repertoire to both specialist and completely new audiences.’

+ I Fagiolini
VISITS (to the Website)73
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)71
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Early music's “bit of rough” - this rebellious London-based medieval/folk ensemble pushes, and often transcends, the limits of what is thought of as early music.... Joglaresa embodies the boldness and improvisatory chutzpah that gets straight to the heart of medieval music ... Joglaresa comprises outstanding classical, world, folk and jazz musicians - a sound that is at once traditional and contemporary - combining intoxicating elements of Medieval, Middle Eastern and Celtic musics, they create a unique London sound that is both extrovert and intimate.’

+ Joglaresa
VISITS (to the Website)54
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)61
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Baroque ensemble based in London, whose chief desire is to bring the highest standard of musical performance of 17th and 18th century repertoire for the benefit of as wide an audience as possible. Far from being dead and remote, the music and texts of the Baroque help us in the 21st century to ponder the concerns of human nature in an emotionally truthful way. Coming to us from an age before technical means of communication and enhancement of sound were available, the music’s impact is colourful, sophisticated and visceral. The energy that the Baroque demands of its performers, is LNM’s most potent tool in striving to move audiences ... LNM often hosts pre and post concert conversations with our audiences, open rehearsals, and mounts masterclasses with established opera singers and work with recent graduates from Music Conservatories all over Europe.‘

+ La Nuova Musica
VISITS (to the Website)141
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)312
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Period instrument performance group directed by Peter Holman specialising in music of the 17th and 18th centuries ... Members are drawn from professional and non-professional players with students from the region’s music colleges. Free workshops given by leaders in the field of baroque performance practice provide training, and the funds available are used to enable members of the orchestra to perform concerts with internationally renowned soloists.‘

+ Leeds Baroque Choir & Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)192
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)177
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

’Re-creating the original Borough Waits of Leeds who existed from 1530 to 1835, especially but not exclusively the first century and a half of their existence ... The Waits perform for the Lord Mayor and Corporation, also at stately homes and heritage events around the region, and for organisations such as English Heritage and The National Trust ... They play authentic music on authentic instruments, always performing in appropriate historical dress, and are, as in the old days, available for hire for public and private events.’

+ Leeds Waits
VISITS (to the Website)48
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)160
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

Linden Baroque is a unique and much loved part of the British Early Music movement. Formed in 1982 by a group of early music enthusiasts in the front room of a house in Linden Gardens, Chiswick, (London) it combined the talents of a band of music students, young professionals and talented amateurs. Many of the original members now have prominent careers in the early music field - and some founder members are still regularly playing with the band.’

 

+ Linden Baroque Orchestra
VISITS (to the Website)65
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)152
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Scotland's chamber orchestra and chorus specialising in great works of the early music repertoire. The large ensemble gathers the finest baroque singers and instrumentalists from around the UK and is renowned for its twice-yearly productions at Edinburgh's stunning Greyfirars Kirk: a performance of JS Bach's B Minor Mass to celebrate the start of the Festival in August and a festive performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio every December.‘

+ Ludus Baroque
VISITS (to the Website)30
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)74

‘Ensemble specialising in accessible, affordable performances of music from the 15th-18th Centuries ... While specialising in the performance of 17th Century chamber music, their repertoire extends into opera, and to the works of composers writing in the High-Late Middle Ages, often overlooked in programmes today ... As part of our aim to make Early Music as accessible as possible, to audiences and performers alike, we release editions of all our works created from manuscript sources whenever possible.‘

 

+ Musica Antica Rotherhithe
VISITS (to the Website)13
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)29
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The original Musical and Amicable Society was founded in 1762 by James Kempson, who directed the choir at St Bartholomew's Chapel, Birmingham. Together with fellow musicians from St Philip's Church (now Birmingham Cathedral), Kempson and his singers gathered on a regular basis at Cooke's tavern in the Cherry Orchard "for practice and recreation" In 2003, Kate Fawcett and Martin Perkins decided to revive this historic society as a collective of professional period-instrument specialists, performing in combinations ranging from small ensembles to full orchestra. Our presiding ethos is one of chamber music - however large or small the formation - where each and every performer has a significant role to play.’

 

+ Musical & Amicable Society
VISITS (to the Website)159
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)397

‘Dramatic, choreographed scenes. Virtuosic solo performances. Vitality, passion, humour and wit as music, poetry and prose are woven into a seamless tapestry of sound and narration. These are programmes with a difference ...’

 

+ Musicke Companye
VISITS (to the Website)80
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)247

‘Formed in 2006, Norwich Baroque works with eminent soloists from the early music world to give fresh and vibrant performances of music by popular and less well known Baroque composers; from Handel and Vivaldi to Capel Bond and Mudge.‘

+ Norwich Baroque
VISITS (to the Website)181
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)247
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘Salisbury’s only period instrument ensemble. It was formed to enable local players (and some colleagues from further afield) to share their passion for late 17th and 18th century music through concerts and workshops. Using copies of instruments of the period and authentic playing style, the group is able to bring to its audience a sense of intimacy and style difficult to achieve with larger forces and modern, heavier instruments.’

+ Salisbury Baroque
VISITS (to the Website)55
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)153
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘A group of singers and players known for their engaging programmes of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century music. According to needs, the ensemble varies in size from three to twenty-five musicians. In their concerts The Bach Players make links between composers, national styles, and developments in music – to provide a wider context in which to present the famous composers of the time. They play on original instruments, and all vocal music is sung in its original language. When singers are involved they are part of the group and not “add onds”. They work without a conductor. Their concerts are lively, informal events in which the musicians engage actively with their audiences.’

+ The Bach Players
VISITS (to the Website)24
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)35
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

‘The York Waits take their name from the ancient city band of York, the earliest evidence for which we find in 14th century records ... Today’s York Waits have revived the band as it was in its heyday in the 16th century, playing a wide repertoire of period European music as well as their own arrangements of popular dance and ballad tunes. Like their predecessors they play upon a noyse of shawms, ancestors of the oboe-bassoon family, and characteristic instruments of waits before 1600. They also play cornett, saggbut, and curtal, flutes, recorders great and small, crumhorns, bagpipes, hurdy-gurdies, lute and cittern. By creating a replica band of waits, not only in their instruments and costumes, but also in their performing style, The York Waits have attempted to remove the music from the rarefied atmosphere of the concert hall and return it to the wider audience for whom it was created.’

+ York Waits
VISITS (to the Website)43
VIEWS (of ‘Full’ Record)117
Forthcoming Concerts and Recitals

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