Passacaglia Baroque Ensemble

‘The best historically informed performances and recordings recreate the spirit as well as the sound of the music, and the now well-established group Passacaglia do just that, combining the two to make a performance of irrepressible joy’
Gramophone


Welcome

We’re a UK-based professional ensemble specialising in music from the baroque era, played in authentic style on recorders, flutes, violin, viola da gamba and harpsichord.

Our repertoire encompasses music by all the greatest composers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries including JS Bach, Handel, Rameau, Couperin, Telemann and Vivaldi – and a good helping of music by lesser-known (but equally interesting and significant!) composers.

We’re always keen to share our passion, instrumental skills and knowledge of the music of the baroque age, as we discover and recreate music from this most lavish, intimate and extravagant of musical periods – making for a truly intoxicating concert experience!

‘Clarity, crispness and enthusiasm that perfectly match the spirit of the music’
Daily Telegraph


A little history

We are proud to be one of the UK’s most long-lived early music ensembles, playing for appreciative audiences since the early 1990s. Our performing history includes venues ranging from Brighton Pavilion to London’s Wigmore Hall, entertaining music lovers live from Limerick to Chicago.

We have also enjoyed performing over the airwaves many times, with multiple broadcasts and recordings for the BBC over the years, as well as a series of CD recordings for Linn Records, Naxos and more recently for our very own in-house label, BCR.

Our audiences tell us they not only enjoy the highest quality of music making at our concerts, but also the obvious pleasure we take in performing together as an ensemble. For us, historically informed performance is the clear starting point, but the excitement of musical communication is at the real heart of every performance.

‘They have played together for many years now… and there is an effortlessness about the sound – no matter which combination of instruments is involved, there is never a sense of one striving to take the lead: rather the voices balance one another… finely crafted performances from a star line-up’
Early Music Review


Passacaglia in action

Here’s a movement from Dornel’s sonata La Triomphante, filmed during rehearsal for a concert at Finchcocks Musical Museum in late 2013. You can find more videos on our dedicated Video page.