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www.boxwoodandbrass.co.uk

'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.'

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www.brookstreetband.co.uk

‘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.‘

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www.lincolnwaites.com

‘The City Waites were the Mayor of Lincoln's Band of Musicians (until 1857). The present-day Waites recreate the sound, sights and atmosphere of a Tudor Mayor's Band. Most of the music they perform was written before 1530 ... The Waites are available to perform at: events, banquets, weddings, processions, parties, parades, etc.’

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www.consortoftwelve.co.uk

‘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.’

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www.coronach.co.uk

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

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www.whitecottagewebsites.co.uk/doncaster/

‘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.‘

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www.ecse.co.uk

‘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.’

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ensembledenote.wordpress.com

‘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.’

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excathedra.co.uk

‘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.‘

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www.faronel.co.uk

‘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.’

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feinsteinensemble.co.uk

‘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.’

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fiori-musicali.com

‘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.‘

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www.gabrieli.com

‘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.’

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thehanoverband.com

’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.’

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www.ifagiolini.com

‘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.’

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lanuovamusica.co.uk

‘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.‘

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www.leedsbaroque.org

‘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.‘

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www.leedswaits.org.uk/waits.htm

’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.’

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www.lindenbaroque.org

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.’

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www.amicables.co.uk

‘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.’

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www.themusickecompanye.com

‘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 ...’

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www.norwichbaroque.co.uk

‘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.‘

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www.salisburybaroque.org.uk

‘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.’

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strangeandancientinstruments.com

'Champions rare and exotic instruments from past centuries. Its original and imaginative projects have been performed in major festivals and venues throughout the UK and abroad, recorded on two acclaimed CDs and featured on national radio.'

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