SOUNDS BAROQUE

SOUNDS BAROQUE loves communicating the passion and theatricality of music written largely in the 17th and 18th centuries. Directed by Julian Perkins, the group have appeared with stars such as Dame Emma Kirkby, Simon Callow and Peter Capaldi, as well as leading younger singers such as Anna Dennis, Ashley Riches and William Towers. 2016 has seen the world première of their opera pasticcio, Casanova, at London's Kings Place. Devised by Stephen Pettitt and Julian Perkins, it is a theatrical entertainment inspired by the alleged adventures of Giacomo Casanova. Praised by Opera magazine as 'a witty pasticcio', it features an array of works by 17 composers including Vivaldi, Handel, Hasse, Gluck – and even Bellini. It also has what is possibly the world's longest-held dramatic note in a recitative!

No stranger to the airwaves, Sounds Baroque broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3 and have appeared at London’s Southbank Centre and Kings Place, and at international festivals in Cheltenham, London, Ryedale, Tel Aviv, Two Moors and York. They have given world premières of works by Paul Ayres, Stephen Dodgson and Iain Farrington, and often stage educational projects and pre-performance conversations in conjunction with performances.

2014 saw the release of their second disc for Avie Records. Entitled CONVERSAZIONI II: Duelling Cantatas, it explores the wealth of vocal and instrumental music that may have been conceived for artistic gatherings – or conversazioni – in Rome at the turn of the eighteenth century. The disc has been praised for its ‘stylish aplomb’ in The Sunday Times, and described as ‘a winner’ by Early Music Review and ‘a model of clarity and warmth’ by International Record Review. It is dedicated to their founding patron, Noelle Barker OBE. Plans are now being made for CONVERSAZIONI III