Continuo Foundation Funding

We are delighted to be amongst the successful applicants in the first round of funding from the Continuo Foundation. Our recording project, with conductor John Andrews in conjunction with Red Squirrel Opera Unearthed will provide work for 23 musicians in these uncertain times. Look out for the world premiere recording of an 18th-century masterpiece (by […]

Reaching new audiences all the time

UK, USA, Portugal, Russian Federation, Romania, Netherlands, Croatia, Belgium, Italy, Germany, Finland, Brazil, Slovenia, Peru, Austria, Poland, France, Czech Republic, Canada, Hong Kong, Serbia, Mexico… We were delighted to reach audiences in these countries during our recent “Introduction to French Baroque” masterclass at the weekend. However frustrating it is to not be able to make […]

An introduction to French baroque music

Join Lisete da Silva Bull for our flute and recorder masterclass at 4pm GMT on Saturday 13 March, giving an overview and introduction to the vast and varied world of French baroque music. We’ll be exploring roughly one hundred years of music in France c.1650-1750, and hearing music by Anne Danican Philidor, Jacques Hotteterre and […]

Handel’s fame and legacy

Tatty doesn’t usually need much of an excuse to talk about Handel, so was delighted to be asked to write and present a short film for Cambridge Early Music about the great man. Tatty looks at aspects of Handel’s fame and continuing legacy up to the present day, starting with steps Handel took that contributed […]

Violin masterclass added to schedule – 6 March

Just a quick post to let you know that Rachel Harris will be giving a masterclass on solo repertoire for baroque violin, focussing on works by composers including JS Bach and Biber. We’ve got some fabulous performers lined up for you to hear. Do sign up to observe the class, which takes place on Zoom on […]

Handel’s 336th Birthday

Handel would have celebrated his 336th birthday on 23rd February 2021… and The Brook Street Band chose to help commemorate the day with a digital Birthday – Passacaille mash-up. Continuing lockdown in Germany and the UK meant we had to record tracks individually, which were later stitched together. This was a first for us, normally […]

Masterclasses in 2021

If you’d asked us at the start of 2020 whether we’d be delivering online masterclasses during the year, we might have looked at you with a puzzled expression. However 2020 and Covid-19 necessitated many changes and adaptations to usual working methods, and last Autumn we programmed the first of our online masterclasses. What a joy […]

#Roots Baroque Orchestra moves online

We were scheduled to perform for Cambridge Early Music on 18 November 2020, including an appearance from the young student group we’ve been working with, #Roots Baroque Orchestra. This all had to be postponed due to Lockdown 2, but we’re delighted to have been able to move activities online. Working digitally presents many challenges, but […]

Covid and lockdown

It’s been a terrible year for live music-making, with all but one of our concerts cancelled or postponed since March 2020. There was a brief return to ‘normality’ (whatever that is…) in September 2020, when we performed for Assembly House Classical in Norwich, albeit to a socially-distanced audience, wearing masks. We have our final concert […]

Cambridgeshire Music Live #2020

The Brook Street Band is delighted to be part of #MusicLive2020, for Cambridgeshire Music. This is the Band’s third year participating in the scheme, delivering concerts and workshops for young people across the county, many of whom have limited access to live music. We’re reaching large numbers of new audience members, often performing to whole school communities, […]