It’s a resonant and rich repertoire from the members of Eboracum Baroque, a versatile and bonded group of young professional instrumentalists and singers at the early stages of their professional careers. That means we’re seeing them at their youthful best, playing with zest and vigour and a love for the music they offer us.
Isle of Ely Arts Fesitval
Handel - Extracts from Water Music Suite - particularly movements featuring Trumpet and Recorder
Vivaldi - Recorder Concerto in C Major, RV 443 - Vivaldi - Very virtuosic and a great piece.
Handel - Selections from Messiah including 'The Trumpet Shall Sound' and Why do the Nations'
Handel - Arias from his operas and oratorios including 'O ruddier than the cherry' from Acis and Galatea.
Purcell - Trumpet Sonata
John Holland Avery - baritone
Sebastian Gillot - harpsichord
Miriam Nerval - recorder
Miriam Nohl - baroque cello
Chris Parsons - Natural Trumpet
Eboracum Baroque was formed in 2012 at the University of York. The group expanded to include young professionals from across the UK and is now based in Cambridge. They perform regularly across the UK and Europe and have formed notable partnerships with the National Trust and Horrible Histories author, Terry Deary.
Originally the ensemble was formed as part of the undergraduate dissertation of Chris Parsons with the performing of new editions created by Chris of the composers Michel Richard De Lalande (1657-1726) and Andre Campra (1660-1744). The music was particularly focused around Grand Motets by both composers and orchestral suites including an excellent suite for Trumpets by De Lalande. The first performance of these works and of the ensemble was at Beverley Minster on Saturday 3rd March 2012.
The group continued to perform at the University of York and took a performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas to the Edinburgh Fringe for a week long run. The Edinburgh trip also included a concert featuring Charpentier’s Te Deum and Bach’s Cantata BWV 51.
Having made their London debut in 2013 with a well received performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Grimeborn Opera Festival, Eboracum Baroque returned to the festival in August 2014 with a production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea. It received a number of 4 star reviews and was described as ‘extremely fine musical performances all round’ – Planet Hugill.
In January 2015 the group recorded their first CD which was funded by the National Trust and Arts Council England. The CD features forgotten music by the English Baroque composer, Thomas Tudway (1650-1726) and was recorded at Wimpole Hall near Cambridge where Tudway worked from 1714-1726. It includes a large scale setting of the Te Deum and Jubilate and a Birthday Ode for Queen Anne. It was described by The Guardian as ‘stylish choral singing’ and is available to purchase via the Eboracum Baroque website.
In December 2015 the group went on its first major tour abroad with performances of Handel’s Messiah in Münster and Hannover in Germany and received standing ovations by sell out audiences.
They are delighted to work with the Horrible Histories author, Terry Deary, on a number of major projects beginning in 2013 with a new narration to Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and in 2016 performed a new production with him of Purcell’s King Arthur.
The group formed BaRocks! the education arm of the ensemble in 2015 and since then has delivered a number of education workshops and projects including a new vocal commission based on Handel’s Fireworks music with schools across Cambridgeshire. They are passionate about inspiring the next generation of musicians and hope to further develop education projects in the future across the UK.