Salisbury Baroque

Salisbury Baroque is 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.

Ben Sansom
In September
, Ben Sansom directed Salisbury Baroque in an exciting programme of French and English music with a French flavour. 

The concert included music by Delalande and Lully and include a selection of movements from Purcell's "The Fairy Queen" which helped to illustrate the "French Connection" at the Court of Charles II.

Ben completed an MA Degree in Architecture at the Royal College of Art before crossing Kensington Gore to study Baroque Violin at the Royal College of Music with Catherine Mackintosh and Andrew Manze. Since then his playing has taken him all over the world (Australia, Canada, Venezuela) with many of the leading period-instrument orchestras (Gabrieli Players, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Sonnerie) and exciting new chamber groups (Apollo & Pan, Arte Resoluta, Denner Ensemble). Ben has broadcast as a soloist on BBC Radio 3 and France Musique, and plays a violin of 1710, made in the very heart of Paris by one of the top luthiers of 18th-century France, Jacques Bocquay.

Julia Bishop

In March
, Julia Bishop led our ensemble. She was joined by members of Salisbury Baroque in a programme of virtuosic music which included Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.3, Biber's Passacaglia in G minor “Guardian Angel”, Geminiani's Concerto Grosso after Corelli No.12 “La Folia” and  Vivaldi's Concerto in G minor for 2 Cellos.

The concert proved a great success that was appreciated by the large audience.

Julia Bishop is a leading Baroque violin specialist. She was a member of The English Concert for six years, and has toured the world with most of the UK's leading period instrument orchestras. She has appeared as an orchestral leader and concerto soloist with the Gabrieli Consort, Brandenburg Consort, Florilegium and the Hanover Band. Bishop has taught baroque violin techniques at the Royal Academy of Music, and was a member of the Baroque group Red Priest.

David Gostick

In May (2019), our orchestra will join forces with Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir in a performance of Handel's "Alexander's Feast". For this concert, we shall have moved to Wimborne Minster and be conducted by David Gostick. (

David Gostick has been Director of Music at Wimborne Minster since November 2005. Outside the church he conducts the Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir, a chamber choir with a strong reputation for contemporary and baroque music.

The orchestra will be led by Theresa Caudle, who comes from a musical family with a particularly keen interest in renaissance and baroque music. 

Whilst still at school she took part in many professional concerts and recordings with groups such as Musica Reservata, The William Byrd Choir and The Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

Theresa then pursued her studies on the violin at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she was awarded a scholarship to study the baroque violin, and was the first person to receive a diploma on that instrument. She is the leader of the Hannover Band.

In July (2019), our orchestra, led by Alison Townley,  will recreate an 18th Century concert originally performed iSalisbury in 1761. The group will be performing James Harris' "Hymn to Adam and Eve" which has been reconstructed by Nigel Wyatt, from the original score.

Salisbury Baroque Concert Society intends to arrange similar "reconstruction" concerts every summer which will usually contain a short talk about the music of the period.


Sponsors and Friends of Salisbury Baroque
We are seeking sponsors to help support the orchestra. If you are able to support the orchestra in this way, please contact us to discuss sponsorship options. We also run a Friends’ scheme which, for £25 per year, entitles members to a number of benefits including invitations to additional concerts given by members of the orchestra and your name mentioned in concert programmes.. For further details, please contact Lynn Menzies: 01722 717925 or

Salisbury Baroque's next concert is at 6.00pm on 7th July 2019 at The Medieval Hall, Salisbury.
Full details and details of all our concerts are on the  Concerts page.
Tickets for Salisbury Baroque's concerts are available online or from our Ticket Agency.
For full details visit the Tickets page.

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