Period Orchestras
English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble

The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble was formed in 1993 by the leading young specialists on early brass instruments from London's music colleges.  The group has since played at many major music festivals in the UK including Bath, Spitalfields, Warwick & Leamington and York. Appearances have also been given in the Wigmore Hall, St. John's Smith Square and the Purcell Room in London. They have also given concerts in France, Israel (twice with the assistance of the British Council) and recently returned to Canada as guests of the British High Commissioner to give concerts in Toronto and Ottawa. The group has also been featured on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and Classical 96.3fm in Toronto.  

Playing instruments that so naturally compliment the human voice, the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble have regularly accompanied the country's leading professional chamber choirs, including I Fagiolini, the Dunedin Consort, Trinity Baroque, His Majesty's Chapel Royal Choir at St. James's Palace and the Armonico Consort.

Following the success of their first CD, Accendo, released in 2001 with three 5 star awards, ECSE have been a part of some exciting and diverse recordings, including a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast from St. James's Palace with His Majesty's Chapel Royal Choir and a world premiere recording with Emma Kirkby and the Armonico Consort of Francesco Scarlatti's Miserere. The Madrigal in Venice, a collaborative recording with I Fagiolini of Andrea Gabrieli's madrigals was chosen as Classicfm 'CD of the Month'.  

In addition to their work with ECSE, the members are also regular performers with leading period instruments groups such as, The Gabrieli Consort, The English Baroque Soloists, The King's Consort, and Tafelmusik, as well as providing music for the plays at the reconstructed Shakespeare's Globe on London's Bankside.

English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble

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  • “... the fabulous English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble ... would have made Monteverdi proud with their skill and sensitivity.”
    Toronto Star
  • Flower of Cities All
    Flower of Cities All
    Music in London 1580 - 1620
  • Accendo
    Music from the time of Claudio Monteverdi - various composers
  • The Hanseatic Festival
    The Hanseatic Festival
    German Renaissance Music
  • Scarlatti: Dixit Dominus
    Scarlatti: Dixit Dominus
    with Emma Kirkby (sop), Armonico Consort & Concerto Gallese

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  • Monteverdi
    Vespers 1610
  • Gabrielli
    In Ecclesiis