Salisbury Baroque is Salisbury’s only period-instrument ensemble. It was formed by our founding patron David Morgan 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.
Programme Schedule for the 2021 – 2022 season
On 19th September 2021, we celebrated our return to the concert platform with a wonderful programme of baroque music directed by Theresa Caudle in our anniversary concert.
Theresa Caudle started to learn the violin at the age of seven and the cornett at thirteen.
She studied at the Guildhall School of Music having won a scholarship to study the baroque violin, and was the first person to receive a diploma on that instrument. Whilst pursuing her studies on the violin, she became director of The London Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, and with this group travelled all over Europe. As a string player she has been a member of The English Concert, The English Baroque Soloists and The Brandenburg Consort, The Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra and a founder member of The Parley of Instruments. She regularly directs and teaches on baroque courses across the UK and has formed a fruitful collaboration with The Croatian Baroque Ensemble, revisiting Croatia to direct programmes with this ensemble and to coach students at the Academy in Zagreb in baroque performance practice.
The exciting programme included music by Bach, Dall'Abaco, Frederick "The Great" and Telemann.
On 6th March 2022, Julia Bishop directed a much enjoyed programme of virtuosic music by Handel, Muffat, Telemann, and Wassenaer.
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.
On 3rd July 2022, our orchestra, led by Julia Bishop, will explore the local connections of Henry Fielding’s Tom Jones, published in 1749. Fielding spent his formative years in Salisbury, marrying local beauty Charlotte Cradock who lived in The Close. The concert will include music referenced in the much-loved novel together with songs originally written by J C Bach from an opera based on the book. Two concertos by Geminiani, heard in Salisbury at the 1749 music festival, complete the programme.
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 a minimum donation of £25 per year, or £40 for a couple, 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 email@example.com.
Salisbury Baroque's next concert is at 4pm on Sunday 18th September 2022 at St. Martin's Church, Salisbury.
Full details and details of all our concerts are on the Concerts & Tickets page.
Tickets for Salisbury Baroque's concerts are available online. For full details, please see the Concerts & Tickets page.
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