The English Concert


"The best of London's authentic chamber orchestras" —The Sunday Times
"Inspirational performances"— The Independent

The English Concert was founded by Trevor Pinnock in 1973. They have together established a world-wide reputation for the expressive vitality and technical quality of their music-making, and have for many years been amongst Britain's leading period instrument ensembles. The English Concert promotes its own series of concerts in London and is also in great demand overseas. Last year the orchestra with its own choir gave eighteen performances of J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion, starting in the Canary Islands in January 2000 and finishing with a tour in Japan in October. Further afield the orchestra has recently undertaken highly successful tours in the USA and South America, in addition to the Japan tour earlier in the 2000/01 season. The current season culminates in June with nine performances of Handel's opera Tamerlano. This important new production, directed by Jonathan Miller, will be performed in London (at Sadlers Wells Theatre), in Paris (at the Théatre des Champs Elysées) and in Handel's birthplace Halle. Click here for more details.

Trevor Pinnock and The English Concert are among the most recorded musicians in the world but above all it is the obvious pleasure which the musicians derive from playing together on concert platforms which generates a special rapport with audiences throughout the world.

Trevor Pinnock has written: "I am often asked, "What made The English Concert decide to play on period instruments?" The answer is simple - we wanted to use the most suitable tools for the job. These instruments were good enough for Bach - surely they must be good enough for us. Together we set out to rediscover and develop lost playing techniques in order to reveal the special colours and expressive qualities of the period instruments, and gradually they revealed their secrets, shedding new light on the music. Even the most frequently heard compositions were refreshed by their clarity and blend. The historical aspect is interesting, but history has little place on the concert platform. For us as musicians, the instruments have gone beyond history to become a natural part of our musical expression."

The English Concert reaches an even wider international audience through its best-selling recordings on Deutsche Grammophon's Archiv label. There are over 70 recordings, many of which have won major prizes including international Gramophone awards and Grand Prix du Disc.


The English Concert

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