Founded in 1978 by John Eliot Gardiner, the English Baroque Soloists have always sought to challenge preconceptions of Baroque and early Classical music.
The English Baroque Soloists have long been established as one of the world’s leading period instrument orchestras. Throughout their repertoire, ranging from Monteverdi to Mozart and Haydn, they are equally at home in chamber, symphonic and operatic performances and the distinctive sound of their warm and incisive playing is instantly recognisable. The ensemble has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues, including Teatro alla Scala, Milan, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Sydney Opera House. During the course of the 1990s they performed Mozart’s seven mature operas and recorded all of his piano concertos and mature symphonies.
‘The ensemble was dazzlingly precise and powerful’
The English Baroque Soloists are regularly involved in joint projects with the Monteverdi Choir, with whom they famously took part in the iconic Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000, performing all of Bach’s sacred cantatas throughout Europe. They also toured Gluck Orphée et Eurydice to Hamburg and Versailles, following a staged production at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in collaboration with the Hofesh Shechter dance company.
In 2016 they were involved in several tours, including performances of Bach Magnificat in E flat, Lutheran Mass in F major, and Cantata ‘Süßer Trost’ with the Monteverdi Choir in venues around Europe, and Bach St Matthew Passion as well as a mixed programme of Mozart Symphonies 39-41, Requiem and Great Mass in C Minor.
More recently they have taken part in the celebrated Monteverdi 450 trilogy tour which saw them perform all three of Monteverdi’s surviving operas across Europe and in the US. Along with the release of two Bach recordings on the SDG label, St Matthew Passion and Magnificat in E flat.
The English Baroque Soloists is under the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales
Introduction - English Baroque Soloists
Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 2