Programmes

We offer a flexible line-up to suit all tastes and budgets. Many of our programmes are possible with as few as two musicians, but our standard ensemble consists of four or five players allowing for a full and sumptuous ‘continuo’ sound. Many of our programmes are also available with soprano solo.

Vivaldi Undercover

Vivaldi, as popular in the baroque period as now, was unashamedly imitated, borrowed-from and re-arranged by composers across Europe. In this invigorating and colourful programme, suitable for all kinds of audiences, leading baroque ensemble Passacaglia explores Vivaldi’s music as it masquerades in various different guises… Read More

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Christmas at the Tuileries

Christmas at the Tuileries re-imagines a typical Concert Spirituel Christmas Day programme at this very special and unique concert series known as the ‘Concert Spirituel’ at the Tuileries Palace in Paris. Read More

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The Grand Tour

A feast of elegant, sophisticated baroque music from all the main cultural centres of eighteenth century Europe. Featuring music from Handel’s Georgian London to JS Bach’s home city of Leipzig, our menu also offers courtly trios from Versailles, a dash of virtuosity from Vivaldi in Venice – topped off with a helping of folk songs from Scotland. A veritable smorgasbord of baroque delights! Read More

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The Sun King’s Paradise

The magnificent court of the Bourbon Kings at Versailles formed the backdrop for some of the most beautiful and enigmatic music of the baroque period including music by Couperin, Rameau, Forqueray, Hotteterre and the Phildor family. Read More

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Music ‘a la mode’:
Entertainments for an English Gentleman

The eighteenth century saw a rapid rise in ‘genteel’ music-making in England, fuelled both by an easy availability of sheet music and a new fashion for amateur instrument playing. Popular arias from London’s opera houses and pleasure gardens were eagerly recreated in the domestic setting, whilst the larger country houses could play host to some of the famous musicians of the day. Read More

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Café Zimmerman

Gottfried Zimmermann’s bustling coffee house in Leipzig formed the perfect venue for a series of public concerts – the first anywhere in Europe – in the early 1700s. Read More 

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