Florilegium

period instrument ensemble

 

Following Florilegium's 10th Anniversary concert at London's Wigmore Hall in July 2001, “The Times” confirmed the group's status as one of Britain's most outstanding period instrument ensembles: "The whole was a model of stylish phrasing and finesse... In ten years Florilegium has become an indispensable feature on the early music landscape".
Florilegium has established a reputation for stylish and exciting interpretations of music from the Baroque era to the early Romantic revolution and since its formation in 1991, Florilegium's performances and recordings have received outstanding critical acclaim around the world. 
Florilegium held the coveted post of Ensemble in Residence at Wigmore Hall from March 1998 to July 2000 and during that time performed several series of concerts and became actively involved in the Hall's education work. Their last season as Ensemble in Residence featured a six-concert series marking the 250th Anniversary of JS Bach's death. 
The group has made 14 recordings for the Dutch label Channel Classics and many of these have been awarded prizes including a Gramophone Award nomination, Diapasons d'Or and Chocs de la Musique. Florilegium's discography includes Telemann's Paris Quartets and Concerti da Camera; music by Leclair, Boismortier & Corrette; Cantatas with the soprano Julia Gooding by Monteclair; Vivaldi concerti; Chamber music by JSBach, CPEBach and other members of the Bach family, and three discs of music by Vivaldi & Haydn with cellist Pieter Wispelwey. Florilegium's recent CD of music from Telemann's Tafelmusik collection was awarded Editor's Choice in Gramophone (February 2003) as well as receiving the groups 6th Diapason d'Or in France (March 2003). On May 4th this year they will be launching Volume 1 of the Salomon arrangements of Haydn' s London Symphonies at Wigmore Hall. Florilegium has a long-term project to record the complete series of arrangements by Salomon over the next four years.
Concert engagements have taken Florilegium throughout Eastern and Western Europe and to North & South America, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Israel and Turkey. The group receives numerous invitations to perform at major international festivals and recent concert venues have included the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Symphony Hall, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Beethoven House in Bonn, Théâtre Grevin in Paris, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and the Frick Collection in New York. 
Florilegium is a flexible ensemble, performing a range of music from intimate chamber works to large-scale orchestral repertoire. It works with some of the world's finest musicians and recent engagements have featured guest artists including Emma Kirkby, Andrew Manze, Derek Lee Ragin and Michael Chance. There are also regular collaborations with the Choir of Westminster Abbey directed by James O'Donnell and the Choir of Winchester Cathedral until recently directed by David Hill. 
This season has already included a tour of North America, two tours of Scotland and many concerts in the UK. The rest of the season will see Florilegium performing in Singapore, Spain, Austria (Vienna Konzerthaus), Germany (Handelhaus in Halle, Bremen Festival, MDR Festival), Slovenia, the Czech Republic, France, Jersey and Holland. UK concerts will include performances at the Beverley Festival, Three Choirs Festival, Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Winchester Cathedral and the Newcastle Early Music Festival. Easter 2002 saw Florilegium's first collaboration with the Bach Choir to perform Bach's St Matthew Passion at the Royal Festival Hall and Symphony Hall, Birmingham. They shall return to the Royal Festival Hall this Easter for repeat performances with the Bach Choir
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