About Ashford Baroque Ensemble
We rehearse at St Matthew's Church, Ashford, SURREY (Middlesex), ie. not Kent! approximately fortnightly on Monday evenings from 7.30 - 9.30, with about 3-5 rehearsals per concert. Formed in 2005, we are a mainly modern instrument Baroque ensemble, although many of our string players have Baroque bows. We aim for an ‘authentic’ playing style, and we do sometimes tune down a semitone to Baroque pitch - for example when we have music for strings only, or when Baroque wind instruments are available. We generally play music from about 1600-1785, from late Renaissance pieces at one end to early Classical at the other, including music by Haydn & Mozart. In most concerts we perform trio sonatas or other smaller scale works as well as concertos and sinfonias, and from time to time include vocal and choral music, to provide our audiences - and players - with plenty of variety. Several of our players play to concerto standard, so we do not normally employ paid soloists from outside the ensemble.
And we are always looking for new players, especially strings and brass - please see below for details under Vacancies below, and email us if you are interested.