Eboracum Baroque

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Eboracum Baroque are a group of young professional singers and instrumentalists at the start of their classical music careers. The group was formed in 2012 by Chris Parsons at the University of York and the Royal College of Music and has performed al...

Eboracum Baroque

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Eboracum Baroque are a group of young professional singers and instrumentalists at the start of their classical music careers. The group was formed in 2012 by Chris Parsons at the University of York and the Royal College of Music and has performed all across the UK in prestigious venues and festivals including St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge and The Temple Church, London. As well as performances on the concert platform they have given fully staged performances of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Handel’s Acis and Galatea.

Whilst performing music from across the renaissance and baroque periods the ensemble has a particular interest in English music from the 17th and 18th Century. In January 2015 the group recorded their first CD which was funded by the National Trust and Arts Council England. The CD features forgotten music by the English Baroque composer, Thomas Tudway (1650-1726) and was recorded at Wimpole Hall near Cambridge where Tudway worked from 1714-1726. It includes a large scale setting of the Te Deum and Jubilate and a Birthday Ode for Queen Anne. It was described by The Guardian as ‘Stylish Choral Singing.’

In December 2015 the group went on its first major tour abroad with performances of Handel’s Messiah in Münster and Hannover in Germany receiving standing ovations by sell out audiences and encores of the Hallelujah chorus. In December 2016 they toured Estonia with concerts of Bach Magnificat and Vivaldi Magnificat in Tartu and Tallinn with the latter being broadcast on Estonian National Radio.

They are delighted to work with the Horrible Histories author, Terry Deary on a number of major projects beginning in 2013 with a new narration to Purcell’s The Fairy Queen followed by King Arthur and new shows including ‘The Gorgeous Georgians’. They have a number of events planned in 2018 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Horrible Histories.

The group run an active education programme, BaRocks! particularly working with schools across the UK and recent projects have been based around Handel’s Fireworks and Water Music. They perform at a number of National Trust properties across the UK presenting programmes unique to each properties history.

In December 2017 they gave a performance of Handel’s Messiah in Senate House, Cambridge to a sold out audience of over 500.

Future projects in 2018 include Handel’s Semele, Vivaldi Gloria and the release of their second CD, the Violin Sonatas of Joseph Gibbs. They also have a number of family concerts and education projects planned. Further details can be found at www.eboracumbaroque.co.uk or by emailing eboracumbaroque@gmail.com

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