European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO)

The European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) is a training initiative of the European Union which allows young performers of baroque music from all over the EU to gain orchestral experience as part of their career development from conservatoire study into a professional career. The success of the project under the direction of the world's most eminent baroque musicians can be measured in the number of ex-EUBO members who now play in Europe's leading baroque orchestras.

EUBO was founded in 1985 as a major initiative of the European Music Year to celebrate the 300th anniversaries of three great baroque musicians: Johann Sebastian Bach, Domenico Scarlatti and George Frideric Handel. Since then, more than 500 full-time members of EUBO have given over 600 performances in 51 countries worldwide.

The Ensemble performs at many of Europe's finest music festivals and concert halls, including the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Opéra-Comique in Paris, the festivals Bachwoche Ansbach, Musikalischer Herbst, and the specialist early music festivals such as Utrecht, York, and Ambronay. Outside of Europe, as well as tours to Japan, USA and South Africa, EUBO has played in less favoured parts of the world as Ramallah and the Gaza Strip, Botswana, Soweto and others.

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Claire Debono and Les Ambassadeurs

Claire Debono is a Maltese soprano who graduated with an MMus from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with Laura Sarti. Recent operatic roles include: Anne Trulove (The Rake's Progress) for Théatre de la Monnaie; European and New York tour of Idomeneo (Illia) with Les Arts Florissants, including performances at the Lincoln Centre, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Peralada Festival and Teatro Filarmonico di Verona; Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte) and Hanako (Hanjo) for Opéra de Lyon; Concert performance of Don Giovanni (Zerlina) and for Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie on their tour of Japan; Vespina (Infedelta Delusa) at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, La Gloire (Armide) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and, Isabelle (L'Amant Jaloux) in Versailles and Minerva (Ritorno d'Ulisse) in Madrid.

Concert performances include: Tour of Europe and New York with William Christie's Le Jardin des Voix; Mozart et Le Concert Spirituel, C-Minor Mass with Orchestre de Paris and Neeme Jarvi, Mozart Recital with Concerto Köln, Rameau recital for Bozar in Brussels and concerts at St. James Piccadilly, London with guitar duo ¡Canto vivo! and Unsuk Chin's Cantatrix Sopranica for the Settembre Musica Festival (Milan and Turin) with The London Sinfonietta.

Other roles include Cupid in Semele with Christophe Rousset as well as First lady in Zauberflöte with Jean-Christophe Spinosi at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, The Fairy Queen on tour with Les Arts Florissants, Despina at Théâtre des Champs Elysées with Jeremie Rhorer, with Accentus she'll sing a Schubert programme on tour and sing Mahler 2 with Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège and François Xavier Roth and has several recitals scheduled, including performances at Opéra de Lille and Bruxelles-Congrès.

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Les Ambassadeurs 

Les Ambassadeursis an international orchestra of baroque music on period instruments and classical music, founded and directed by flutist French Alexis Kossenko.

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Hathor Consort

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Hathor Consort was founded by Romina Lischka in 2011 with the aim of interpreting renaissance and baroque consort music in various instrumental combinations based upon the viol.

The ensemble takes its name from the goddess Hathor, a mother deity of ancient Egypt. Worshipped as “Mistress of the West” she welcomes the dead into the afterlife and is regarded as a goddess of dance, art and music. Hathor is also known as the primordial mother or receiving element and embodies the principles of love and all concerning the heart.

Monday 16 January 2017 concert programme:

Ah, alas, you salt sea gods   Richard Farrant (ca1530-1580)

O Jove from stately throne   Richard Farrant (ca1530-1580)

Fantasia   Robert White (about 1530-1574)

Ye mortal wights   William Cobbold (1560-1639)

In Nomine   anon

O Lord of whom I do depend: In Nomine  anon

Ut re mi fa sol la   Robert Parsons (1535-1571/2)

Sorrow, come   John Dowland - arr. William Wighthorpe

O death rock me asleep   Anon

Fantasia a 4   Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)

My mistress had a little dog   William Byrd (ca1543-1623)

Care for thy soul   William Byrd

Fantasia a 4   William Byrd

O Lord, bow down thine heav‘nly eyes   William Byrd

In Nomine a 4   William Byrd

With lilies white   William Byrd

Fantasia a 4   Orlando Gibbons

In Angel's Weed   William Byrd

In Nomine   Thomas Tallis (ca1505-1585)

Ye sacred Muses   William Byrd 

Reiko Ichise


Reiko was born in Tokyo and began her musical training as a pianist. She read musicology at the Kunitachi College of Music where she started playing the viola da gamba, having lessons with Yukimi Kanbe and Tetsuya Nakano.

In 1991 she came to Britain to study gamba with Richard Boothby, winning the foundation scholarship at the Royal College of Music. Whilst there, she won the concerto prize and completed her post graduate study with distinction. Since leaving the RCM, she has established herself as one of the leading gamba players in the UK, appearing in venues including the Royal Festival Hall, Wigmore Hall and the Royal Opera House as a chamber musician, orchestral player and soloist. She has worked with many leading conductors and orchestras including Sir John Eliot Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists, Sir David Willcocks and the English Chamber Orchestra, Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort, Kurt Masur and the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Richard Egarr and the Academy of Ancient Music.


Nicolas Dautricourt

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Voted “ADAMI Classical Discovery of the Year“ at the Midem in Cannes, Sacem “Georges Enesco“ Prize,  Nicolas Dautricourt is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and engaging French violinists of his generation. 

Nicolas is particularly fond of chamber music, which he plays alongside many inspiring artists, and keenly interested in jazz, he works regularly with top players such as Jean-Marie Ecay, Nelson Veras, Jean-Philippe Viret, Jean-Marc Jafet, Antoine Hervé, Dominique Fillon, Pascal Schumacher, as well as the accordionist Richard Galliano as a member of the Tangaria Quartet the Piazzolla Forever project, in such festivals as Jazz à Vienne, Marciac, Sud-Tyroler Jazz Festival, San Javier, Copenhagen, Athens...

Finalist and prize-winner of numerous international violin competitions, such as the  Henryk Wieniawski Competition in Poznan, the Jeunesses Musicales Competition in Belgrade, the Rodolfo Lipizer in Gorizia and the Gian-Battista Viotti in Vercelli Competitions, he has studied with Philip Hirschhorn, Miriam Fried, Jean-Jacques Kantorow, Gérard Poulet and Jean Mouillère among others, and became in 2007 artistic director of “ Les Moments Musicaux de Gerberoy”.

Nicolas Dautricourt plays a magnificent instrument by Antonio Stradivarius (Cremona, 1713), the "Château Fombrauge", on a generous loan from Bernard Magrez.

Le Banquet Celeste

The Lamentations of Jeremiah inspired many composers of the Baroque era, from Couperin to Jan Dismas Zelenka. Jan Dismas Zelenka, although very famous in his time, has only recently been rediscovered. Bassist and composer at the court of Dresden, he wrote many vocal and instrumental works, sacred and secular and has a very personal musical style which is instantly recognizable.

This programme focusses particularly on the Lessons of Darkness the music for which has a unique style between motet and cantata. A fusion of Germanic and Italian styles, these works make use of solo instruments rarely used such as the torch or the bassoon, and are distinguished by a rare quality in the mixing of arias and ariosos. The Répons accompanying the Darkness lessons are remarkable for their counterpoint in the Stile Antico and contrast beautifully with them.

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Damien Guillon, counter-tenor
Céline Scheen, soprano
Paul Agnew, tenor
Benoît Arnould, Baritone

LE BANQUET CÉLESTE is an ensemble of soloists gathered around French countertenor Damien Guillon.

Founded in 2009, the ensemble promotes an exacting work on the baroque repertoire, with a regular team of singers and instrumentalists who were all specially trained in the styles approached by the ensemble.

Within a few years, LE BANQUET CÉLESTE has won over many prestigious concert halls and festivals: Salle Gaveau (Paris), Festival d'Arques-la-Bataille, Les Arts renaissants (Toulouse), Festival for Ancient Music (Froville), Saint-Michel en Thiérache, Festival de Sablé, Festival de Saintes, Festival de Beaune, Festival d'Ambronay... The ensemble was also invited in China (Beijing and Wuhan), with programmes dedicated to John Dowland, Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, Antonio Vivaldi, Henry Purcell, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Johann Sebastian Bach.

The first recording of the ensemble, devoted to Bach's cantatas BWV 170 and 35 for alto and organo obligato, was released by Zig-Zag Territoires in 2012. It garnered stellar reviews in the specialized press (fff by Télérama, 4 stars by Diapason Magazine, **** by Classica).

Among other upcoming projects, LE BANQUET CÉLESTE is working on a new programme of Christmas cantatas by J.S. Bach, Lamentations and Respons by J.D. Zelenka, and a stage version of Haendel's Acis and Galatea, in collaboration with the Centre Lyrique d'Auvergne, to be presented at the opera houses in Avignon, Clermont-Ferrand and Rennes, and at the Festival de la Chaise-Dieu.

LE BANQUET CÉLESTE is an ensemble-in-residence at the Festival de Lanvellec, and is associated to the Théâtre de Cornouaille in Quimper.

LE BANQUET CÉLESTE is supported by the Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles in Brittany, a division of the French Ministry of Culture.

The Sixteen

The Sixteen is recognised as one of the world’s greatest ensembles. Comprising both choir and period-instrument orchestra, The Sixteen’s total commitment to the music it the sixteenperforms is its greatest distinction. A special reputation for performing early English polyphony and masterpieces of the Renaissance, bringing fresh insights into Baroque and early Classical music and a diversity of 20th- and 21st-century music, is drawn from the passions of Founder and Conductor Harry Christophers CBE.

At home in the UK The Sixteen are ‘The Voices of Classic FM’, Associate Artists of The Bridgewater Hall, Artistic Associates of Kings Place, and have a 2015-2016 Artist Residency at Wigmore Hall. The group promotes the Choral Pilgrimage, an annual tour of the UK’s finest cathedrals which aims to bring music back to the buildings for which it was written. The Sixteen features in the highly successful BBC television series Sacred Music, presented by actor Simon Russell Beale – the latest hour-long programme entitled Monteverdi in Mantua: The Genius of the Vespers was aired in April 2015.

The Sixteen tours throughout Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas and has given regular performances at major concert halls and festivals worldwide, including the Barbican (London), The Bridgewater Hall (Manchester), Cité de la musique (Paris), Concertgebouw (Amsterdam) and Sydney Opera House. Festival appearances include the BBC Proms, Hong Kong, Wellington, Granada, Lucerne, Edinburgh, Istanbul, Prague, Bremen, La Chaise-Dieu and Salzburg.

The Sixteen’s period-instrument orchestra has taken part in acclaimed semi-staged performances of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen in Tel Aviv and London, a fully-staged production of Purcell’s King Arthur in Lisbon’s Belém Centre, and new productions of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse at Lisbon Opera House and The Coronation of Poppea at English National Opera.

Over 145 recordings reflect The Sixteen’s quality in a range of work spanning the music of 500 years, winning many awards including the coveted Gramophone Award for Early Music and the prestigious Classical Brit Award for Renaissance, which was recorded as part of the group’s contract with Universal Classics and Jazz. In 2009 The Sixteen was given the accolade of the Classic FM Gramophone Artist of the Year as well as Best Baroque Vocal for its recording of Handel’s Coronation Anthems.

Since 2001 The Sixteen has been building its own record label, CORO, which has released over 140 titles to date. Recent releases include The Deer’s Cry featuring music by William Byrd and Arvo Pärt which will accompany the Choral Pilgrimage 2016, Purcell’s The Indian Queen and Poetry in Music, a programme which encapsulates the fascinating collaboration between poet and composer.

In 2011 the group launched Genesis Sixteen, a new training programme for young singers. Aimed at 18- to 23-year-olds, this is the UK’s first fully funded choral programme for young singers designed specifically to bridge the gap from student to professional practitioner.

Haymarket Opera Company

Haymarket Opera Company specializes in performances of 17th and 18th century operas and oratorios. The company's repertoire spans nearly two hundred years from the early Haymarket opera company2 - Copy operas of Monteverdi to the late 18th century masterworks of Mozart. Founded in 2010 by Artistic Director Craig Trompeter, Haymarket Opera Company's name derives from two historical sources: Chicago's 1886 Haymarket Riot and the establishment of the King's Theatre in London's Haymarket district in 1705.

Artistic Director Craig Trompeter has been a musical presence in Chicago for nearly twenty years as an acclaimed cellist and violist da gamba. He has performed in concert and over the airwaves with Second City Musick, Music of the Baroque, the Chicago Symphony, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, the Cal Players, the Oberlin Consort of Viols, and Great Lakes Baroque. He has performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Glimmerglass Festival, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and has appeared as soloist at the Ravinia Festival, the annual conference of the American Bach Society, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and with Music of the Baroque. Trompeter has recorded works of Mozart, Biber, Boismortier, Marais, Handel, Greene, Henry Eccles, and a potpourri of Elizabethan composers on the Harmonia Mundi, Cedille, and Centaur labels.


Accademia Ottoboni

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Accademia Ottoboni is an ensemble specialized in baroque and classical repertoire, playing on historical instruments. Founded in Rome in 2004, it gathers the soloist and orchestral experiences of some among the most active musicians on the international scene.

From 2005 to 2009 it has been Ensemble in Residence for the early music season of the IPSAR (Portuguese Cultural Institute in Rome).

The three CDs released until now – Concerts and Cantatas by Vivaldi (Stradivarius); Cello Sonatas by Vivaldi (Outhere – Music); Chamber Music by Boccherini (Outhere – Music) – have been much appreciated both by audience and critic, receiving many prizes such as two “Diapason d’Or”, “Gramophone Editor’s Choice”, “CD of the month – Toccata Magazine”.

Our latest CD dedicated to the music of L. Boccherini and published by Outhere-Music was awarded the Diapason d’Or as the best recording of the year 2015 in the category “Baroque Instrumental”.

Accademia Ottoboni has performed in many Festivals and early mucis seasons all over France, Italy and Spain.

Charlene Farrugia and Nazareno Ferrugio

Charlene Farrugia

Charlene Farrugia is recognised as one of Malta’s most versatile and imaginative musicians and among today's most engaging pianists. She has appeared on major international concert platforms in recitals and concerto performances and is also in great demand for a wide variety of chamber music groups, playing with some of the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. Charlene has developed an extensive and exceptionally varied repertoire.

Born in Malta, she studied locally under Dolores Amodio Chircop before moving to the Royal Academy of Music (London), and was a prize-winner in 10 national and international piano competitions. Her teachers included Diana Ketler, Kenneth Hamilton and Boris Petrushansky. In addition to her busy career as a performer, she is a degree plus lecturer at the University of Malta.

Charlene has been performing and recording with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra for the past 15 years, including a successful tour to China in 2014/2015. Of particular note is her recording for Naxos ‘Mediterranean’ of the first piano concerto by Maltese composer Charles Camilleri. She has developed shared musical interests with an amazing array of performers and has always enjoyed collaborations with other musicians. With a vast repertoire, Charlene has maintained a keen interest in contemporary music; in particular, her close musical relationship with the composer Bashkim Shehu has led to many world premieres. She is a remarkable exponent of Tango and other Latin dance music, reflected in her collaboration with Franko Bozac (bandoneon).

Charlene has recently performed at the Royal Palace of Warsaw, Chopin Music Academy, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Gnessin Academy Music Hall, Lincoln Hall, Chateau Saint-Anne.. and made a welcome return to the Metropolitana (Lisbon), Camerata Austriaca (Austria), Kaliningrad Philharmonic Orchestra (Russia). She has also toured China with accordionist Franko Bozac and performed for the first time with the Collegium, headed by Dimitri Ashkenazy in Portland in 2015. She has performed for several heads of State, including members of the British Royal family. Charlene is an international ambassador for EMMA for Peace (Euro Mediterranean Music Academy) under the patronage of UNESCO and honorary president Riccardo Muti. 





Pianist Nazareno Ferruggio was born in 1981. After having won prizes at the “Ibla Grand Prize” and the “Grieg International Piano Competition” at Oslo he began his career which has Nazareno Ferrugiobrought him invitations to perform in some of the world’s most important concert halls:  Carnegie Hall, Lindemann Hall, Cheong Ju Arts Centre, Rosengarten, Wiener Saal, Palau de la Musica, Auditorium de Leon, Rose Wagner Hall, Teatru Manoel, Teatro Municipal Lima.

He has given concerts and recitals in the following cities: New York, Sydney, Melbourne, Jakarta, Oslo, Copenhagen, Stockholm, la Valletta, Milan, Lima, Barcellona, Innsbruck, Venice, Hong Kong, Lyon ,Rome, Cheong Ju, Hamamatsu, Little Rock, Cologne ,Geneva, Amsterdam, Mannheim, Berne, Bari.

He has been invited to play at the following Music Festivals: Sommets du classique, International spring Festival, Cantiere internazionale di musica Contemporanea, Festival della Musica Contemporanea a Lima, Ascoli Piceno festival.

He is also guest professor at the University of Sowon di Cheong Ju in South Korea and the University of Music at Oslo in Norway. He has been soloist with Orchestra Bari, ICO MagnaGrecia Orchestra and Malta Philarmonic Orchestra. He is professor at Istituto Musicale " G. Puccini " in Gallarate. He is jury member in national and international piano competitions. 

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