English Baroque Soloists

The English Baroque Soloists, founded in 1978 by John Eliot Gardiner, seeks to challenge preconceptions of 200 years of music ranging from Monteverdi to Mozart and Haydn.

Equally at home in chamber, symphonic and operatic performances, their distinctively warm and incisive playing is instantly recognisable.

One of the world’s leading period instrument orchestras, the ensemble has performed at many of the world’s most prestigious venues including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Sydney Opera House.

The EBS will perform Handel’s biblical oratorio Israel in Egypt in March and July 2024, conducted by Peter Whelan. For this, they will join forces with the Monteverdi Choir, in its 60th anniversary season. As well as a performance at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, this programme will be performed on tour, at the Palau de la Música, Barcelona, Philharmonie, Luxembourg, Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles, Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg, and Haus für Mozart, Salzburg.

In 2023 the EBS and the Monteverdi Choir, conducted by Dinis Sousa, performed Bach’s Mass in B minor, as well as Handel’s pastoral ode L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, on their American tour in October following a European tour of Bach’s monumental work in April. In May the EBS and the Monteverdi Choir were honoured to perform at the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla. In January 2023 the EBS were joined by Isabelle Faust and Antoine Tamestit for performances of orchestral works by Haydn and Mozart throughout Europe.

In 2022 the ensemble completed a number of successful tours including symphonies by Mozart and Haydn across Europe and the United States, and works by Bach, Schütz and Schein, in collaboration with the Monteverdi Choir, at prestigious festivals across Europe. The year culminated in a tour of J.S. Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, with the Monteverdi Choir, at Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Chapelle Royale, Château de Versailles, and at our London home, St Martin-in-the-Fields, which was livestreamed on Deutsche Grammophon’s new online platform STAGE+.

The ensemble famously took part in the iconic Bach Cantata Pilgrimage in 2000 alongside the Monteverdi Choir, performing all of Bach’s sacred cantatas throughout Europe.

The EBS has also participated in major opera productions alongside the Choir in works by Handel, Purcell and Monteverdi, and recorded Mozart’s greatest operas for Deutsche Grammophon in the 1990s.

Patron: HM The King

Leader - Kati Debretzeni

Trailer - Bach Mass in B minor and Handel l’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato

Bach Mass in B minor - Château de Versailles 2023

Bach St John Passion - April 2021

​Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 2