University Baroque Ensemble

The University Baroque Ensemble appears in various guises from chamber to orchestral according to the repertoire to be performed. Smaller groups often play on early instruments; the larger ensemble is more often on modern instruments but exploring historically-informed performance style. The ensemble is directed by Compagnia d’Istrumenti, one of the Department's Associate Artists, who coach and perform with the Ensemble on a regular basis. There are associations with various visiting performers such as Crispian Steele-Perkins (trumpet), David Miller (theorbo), Anthony Robson, Kate Latham and Frances Norbury (oboes) and Kate Aldridge (double bass).

Repertoire in recent seasons has included Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s Trauer Symphony, and Bach’s St Matthew Passion (with visiting artists James Gilchrist and Peter Harvey); concerts of music by Bach and Telemann; Handel's epic and colourful Israel in Egypt; Handel's music celebrating the signing of the Treaty in Utrecht in 1713; Purcell's King Arthur. Each year, the Ensemble gives a lunchtime concert in the York Early Music Festival; this year's programme, on 9 July, includes Handel's Water Music.

There have been exciting partnerships between the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the University of York Baroque Ensemble, which included workshops and concerts in which students played alongside the OAE and performances at Beverly Early Music Festival. The Ensemble also appeared with Chamber Choir in a live broadcast for BBC Radio 3 of Justin Bieber's 'Beauty and the Beat' which has had over 400,000 hits on YouTube.

Membership is by audition at the start of the autumn term.

  • Staff contact
    Peter Seymour
  • Rehearsals
    4 intensive rehearsal days (2x2) pre-concert

Baroque Ensemble Concerts

  • 28 November 2018
    O Sing unto the Lord - Odes and anthems by Purcell and Blow
    University Chamber Choir
  • 4 May 2019
    Baroque Day: National Centre for Early Music - programme to include concertos by Bach, Handel, Corelli and Vivaldi
  • There will also be a concert in York Early Music Festival on Monday 8 July 2019