Bloomsbury Baroque is an ensemble made up of some of London’s finest Period performers. Our mission is to bring to a modern audience some of the rich repertoire for chamber ensemble, written in the Eighteenth Century, and which would have been often heard in the Pantheon on Oxford Street, or at Theresa Cornelys ’ salon at Carlisle House in neighbouring Soho Square.
Sir John Soane’s Grand Tour
Just south of Bloomsbury lies Lincoln’s Inn Fields, which was home to the eighteenth century architect and collector of antiquities, Sir John Soane. In 1778 he embarked upon a Grand Tour of Europe, with his main destination being Rome. During his travels he visited the major cultural centres of the continent, returning with copious architectural drawings to inform his work. Bloomsbury Baroque are taking inspiration from this great figure of eighteenth century London life, to build a programme based around his travels.
The eclectic programme will feature chamber performances of cantatas and instrumental works from England, France, Germany and Italy, by composers such as Montéclair, Handel, Draghi, Courteville and Vivaldi, and featuring stories from Classical Greek and Roman literature.