May 31st - June 9th

Galway Early Music Festival 2024

Edges of Empire

English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble

Artist Biography

The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble is a virtuoso period instrument group with a host of distinguished recordings to its name. In addition to its recital work, the ensemble collaborates with leading vocal ensembles such as I Fagiolini, The Tallis Scholars, Alamire, Resurgam, The Marian Consort, Westminster Cathedral Choir, and is a regular at major festivals. ECSE is in demand as a recording ensemble, contributing to Gramophone Award-winning discs such as The Spy's Choirbook (Obsidian) in 2015, and the monumental Striggio mass in 40 parts Missa ecco si beato giorno with I Fagiolini (which scooped the Gramophone Award for Early Music 2011 and also the Diapason d'Or). ECSE celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018 with a solo CD on the Resonus label entitled Music for Windy Instruments: sounds from the Court of James I.

Plans for 2022 include trips to Ireland with the Irish vocal ensemble Resurgam, and to Germany with The Taverner Consort. In July ECSE will collaborate with I Fagiolini in a festival run by Martin Randall Travel in Suffolk. Other future plans include a performance of our popular Bizarrium! recital programme at the 2022 Brecon Baroque Festival. For our 30th anniversary year in 2023 we will once again participate in the NCEM/BBC Radio3 Young Composer Competition, culminating in a broadcast recital on Radio 3.

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