Eboracum Baroque are a group of young professional singers and instrumentalists at the start of their classical music careers. The group was formed in 2012 by Chris Parsons at the University of York and has performed all across the UK in prestigious venues and festivals including St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge and The Temple Church, London.
Having made their London debut in 2013 with a well received performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Grimeborn Opera Festival, Eboracum Baroque returned to the festival in August 2014 with a production of Handel’s Acis and Galatea. It received a number of 4 star reviews and was described as ‘extremely fine musical performances all round’ – Planet Hugill
In January 2015 the group recorded their first CD which was funded by the National Trust and Arts Council England. The CD features forgotten music by the English Baroque composer, Thomas Tudway (1650-1726) and was recorded at Wimpole Hall near Cambridge where Tudway worked from 1714-1726. It includes a large scale setting of the Te Deum and Jubilate and a Birthday Ode for Queen Anne. It was described by The Guardian as ‘Stylish Choral Singing’ and is available to purchase today and via the Eboracum Baroque website.
In December 2015 the group went on its first major tour abroad with performances of Handel’s Messiah in Münster and Hannover in Germany in which both received standing ovations by sell out audiences and encores of the Hallelujah chorus.
They are delighted to work with the Horrible Histories author, Terry Deary on a number of major projects beginning in 2013 with a new narration to Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and in 2016 will perform a new production with him of Purcell’s King Arthur.
The group formed BaRocks! the education arm of the ensemble in 2015 and since then has delivered a number of education workshops and projects including a new vocal commission based on Handel’s Fireworks music with schools across Cambridgeshire. They are passionate about inspiring the next generation of musicians and hope to further develop education projects in the future across the UK.