Retrospect Ensemble is London's exciting new period instrument orchestra and choir. Retrospect Ensemble is taking its musicians and audiences on a new journey with renewed vigour and a fresh approach.
Launched on 1 May 2009, Retrospect Ensemble gave its inaugural UK performance at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, opening the festival with a critically acclaimed performance of Handel’s late masterpiece, Jephtha. Shortly afterwards they made their Edinburgh Festival Debut with soprano Carolyn Sampson. Since then the group has undertaken tours to the Far East, Middle East and performed numerous concerts throughout Europe and the UK. Retrospect Ensemble regularly perform at Wigmore Hall.
Founded by Matthew Halls, Retrospect Ensemble is embarking on a new journey both for its musicians and audiences – exploring the repertoire of four centuries and embracing the practices, styles and aesthetics of former ages with renewed vigour and a fresh approach. The choice of the name Retrospect Ensemble ensures that the group need not restrict itself to one particular historical period nor to a rigid configuration; concerts range from small chamber ensemble to full orchestra and choir.
This versatility has led to the formation of a small fixed-personnel group, Retrospect Trio, in which Matthew Halls is joined by three of Europe’s leading period string specialists: Matthew Truscott, Sophie Gent and Jonathan Manson. The group’s debut CD recording of Purcell’s exquisite Sonatas of four parts was chosen as ‘CD of the week’ by The Sunday Times and selected as ‘Editor’s Choice’ by Gramophone Magazine, in addition to being nominated for a Gramophone Award in the Baroque Instrumental Category.
Retrospect Ensemble aims to:
- To advance the education of the public in the art and science of music, in particular of historically aware musical performance, by the presentation of concerts, recitals, lectures and other activities.
- To provide a formal and structured platform for young artists to develop and perform, working alongside some of the best professionals in their field. We audition young musicians&singers to take part.
Established: May 2009
Registered Charity Number: 1079482
Part time staff: 5
Phone number: 07771 900465
Address: 35a Abercorn Place London NW8 9DRView charity accounts on the Charity Commission website