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Our Next Concert

Sunday 29th October at St Matthews Church, Church Road, Ashford, Surrey, 4.30pm.

Music to include:

Albinoni  -  Sinfonia in G, Si.8
Handel - Overture to Xerxes
Arne - Organ Concerto No.4 in Bb (Soloist Ingrid Attwater)
Mozart - Church Sonatas in F and D, K.145 and 144

Please note:
For everyone's comfort and safety, the right-hand side of St Matthew's church (looking towards the altar) is reserved for those who would prefer to keep social distancing, so please choose your seat accordingly.

Programmes will be available at the door and cost just £5, with under 18s £3. The concert will last about 1 hour.
We look forward to seeing you there.

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made in Christ Church, Staines on 12th March, 2022
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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.

About our Director
Philip Buckmaster gained an honours degree at the Colchester Institute School of Music, where Peter Holman (of The Parley of Instruments) was the resident early music lecturer. He studied the organ, piano, harpsichord, violin, singing, composing and conducting. He then followed a specialist course for music teachers at Kingston University and now enjoys a varied career in and around London, playing, teaching, directing, composing and arranging. He has always had a keen interest in Baroque music and its performance, he founded the ABE in 2005. He is Director of Music at St Matthew's Church, Ashford, and was Conductor of Feltham Choral Society from 1991 to 2016. He also teaches with Richmond Music Trust, encouraging young people with his tailor-made compositions for youth ensembles. Having a wide range of musical interests and happy to play anythng from Baroque to Rock, he now also plays the flute, timpani and the drum kit!

We are always pleased to hear from instrumentalists, as extras are needed from time to time - especially brass players. Players who are at least grade 8 standard are invited to apply - we are looking for players with enthusiasm, good intonation, musicality and good sight reading. There are no fees to join or play, but players are usually paid a fee for concerts where we accompany choirs.
Currently we would be particularly interested to hear from players of the viola, cello, double bass, French horn and other brass instruments.
Please e-mail if you are interested in joining us.

PLEASE NOTE that we do not normally employ paid soloists from outside the ensemble.