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.

In September, Catherine Martin will direct Salisbury Baroque in an exciting programme of music in our tenth anniversary concert..

Catherine Martin

Catherine Martin read music at St Anne's College, Oxford, completing her postgraduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

She now specialises in performance on period instruments, Catherine has been the leader of the Gabrieli Consort and Players since 2005, also leading Die Koelner Akademie in Germany and the orchestra of the Early Opera Company. Catherine has appeared as guest leader with many other period instrument groups in the UK and abroad.

Alison Townley
In March, Alison Townley  directed our ensemble in an enchanting concert performed in St. Martin's Church.

Salisbury Baroque was joined by members of "The Sixteen" Julie Cooper and Ben Davies in a programme of virtuosic opera music which included aria's from Handel operas and extracts from Bach Cantatas.

Alison Townley, was a member of John Eliot Gardiner’s English Baroque Soloists for 15 years.  She has performed regularly with other leading Baroque groups and with London Sinfonietta and London Mozart Players. She often directs Salisbury Baroque.

Julia Bishop

Cancelled - coronavirus
In June (2020), our orchestra, led by Julia Bishop, will recreate an 18th Century concert originally performed iSalisbury in 1761. The group will be performing music by Handel, Geminiani and songs from Henry Fielding's ballad operas including extracts from the pasticcio opera "Tom Jones".

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.

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

Cancelled - coronavirus
Salisbury Baroque's next concert, due to be at 4.00pm on 28th June 2020 at Salisbury Museum, has unfortunately been cancelled.
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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