HISTORICAL PERFORMANCE

Musical instruments have changed significantly over the centuries, so mastery of period instruments, which vary greatly and lack the uniformity of their modern equivalents, requires virtuosity and versatility. The UK-based musicians who play these instruments are difficult to replace. 

Jan Couchet the Elder (Flemish)
Chordophone-Zither-plucked-harpsichord, circa 1650; Courtesy of The Met Museum

The rich array of excellent UK period-instrument ensembles – ranging in size from trios to full orchestras – perform in leading music venues and festivals across the country and abroad, bringing a freshness of approach and variety to the classical music landscape.

Piero di Cosimo's Perseus Frees Andromeda, 1510-1515 (Uffizi)

Despite being internationally acclaimed, when performing in the UK, ensembles must pay rent to concert venues and take the financial risk on ticket sales. This limits their ability to repeat performances, restricting concert activity for ensembles who have devised and rehearsed valuable programmes. 

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