3 players:


'The Hautboy in England'- oboe, bassoon, harpsichord


A look at the musical life of the oboe and bassoon in England between 1700 and 1760: introducing the players, musical fashions and the varied and beautiful music of this period. The programme includes works by Handel, Sammartini (Europe's greatest oboist) and his English pupil and successor, Thomas Vincent.


Handel  Oboe sonata in F
Galliard    Bassoon sonata
Thomas Arne    harpsichord solo
Sammartini  Oboe sonata in G minor


Vincent    Oboe sonata
Merci    Bassoon sonata
Purcell    A New Ground (hpsd solo)
Handel  Trio for oboe and bassoon



4 players:


'Winds of Change' - oboe, recorder, bassoon, harpsichord


Featuring three of the exciting new wind instruments developed in mid-17th century France: recorder, oboe and bassoon, in a mix of solo and trio sonatas that range in expression from the sublime to the virtuosic.


Vivaldi  Concerto in G minor RV103 (tutti)
Couperin  Septième goûts-ràunis (ob bc)
Royer  Vertigo (hpsd)
Vivaldi    Sonata in A minor RV86 (rec bsn hpsd)


Boismortier  Trio in G minor (ob bsn)
Philidor    Sonata (rec hpsd) 
Boismortier    Sonata (bsn hpsd)
Telemann    Trio sonata in A minor (tutti)


'Woodwind, bladders and guts!'   -  oboe, bassoon, viola da gamba/cello, harpsichord


The listener is invited to share Marais' own experience (in 1720) of an operation to remove a gallstone: from trembling and dread at first sight of the operating table to gruesome detail of the operation, and eventual untying of the silk restraints before being carried off to bed to recover - not for the faint-heated!


Heinichen   Trio Sonata in c minor (ob vdg bc)

Platti   Trio Sonata in g minor  (ob vc bc)

Royer   'Vertigo' (solo hps)

Platti   Trio Sonata in c minor (ob bsn bc)


Bach   Trio Sonata in e minor (oboe d'amore vdg bc)

Telemann   Bassoon Sonata (bsn hps)   

Marais   'Le Tableau de l'Opération de la Taille' (vdg hps narrator)

Heinichen   Concerto in G (ob bsn vc hps)



'Virtuosi'  -  oboe, violin, bassoon, harpsichord (+ violone = 5 players)


A concert of Italian and German sonatas and trio-sonatas written by some of the best composer-players of the day. Highly spirited music that tests the daring of the players!


Fasch    Trio in F (ob vln bsn bc)

Sammartini    Sonata in g-minor (ob bc)

Rebel   Sonata in G (vln hps)

Zelenka   Sonata no.3 (ob vln bsn bc)


Handel   Sonata in F (ob bsn bc)

Fasch   Sonata in C (bsn bc)

Babell   'Vo fa guerra' (solo hps)

Vivaldi   Sonata in C (ob vln bsn bc)



5 players:


'Pastorale'  - oboe, recorder/violin, violin, bassoon, harpsichord


Our candlelit Christmas programme! Celebrate the festive season with gentle pastorales and sparkling concerti.


Handel   Pifa from the 'Messiah'

Vivaldi   La Pastorella

Lalande   Noels

Hellendaal   Pastorale

Corelli   Christmas Concerto


Vivaldi   Sonata for organ, oboe and violin

Bach   Sinfonia from the Christmas Oratorio

CPE Bach   Pastorale

Vivaldi   Concerto in G minor


'Music for the Sun King'  -  oboe, recorder, violin, bassoon, harpsichord (+ viol = 6 players)


Featuring much of the music from our new CD, this programme demonstrates the richness of musical culture at the court of Louis XIV. Lalande's piece has the inscription: 'Que le Roy demandoit souvent' - evidently a favourite, with its hauntingly lambent solos for bassoon.


Philidor    Suite  

Charpentier    Concert pour 4 parties de violes (c.1680)

Marais    La Sonnerie de Ste-Geneviève du Mont-de-Paris (1723)

Rebel    Les Caractères de la Danse


Couperin    Les Goûts-réünis no. 6 (1724)

Boismortier    Sonata op.34/no.1 in g minor

Forqueray    La Sylva & Jupiter (Harpsichord solo)

Lalande    Symphonies des soupers du Roy no.2





3 players:


'The Gallant Oboe' - oboe, violin, cello


A concert exploring music for oboe trio written between 1750 and 1800, a time when the sonata form was becoming outmoded and explorations into new musical forms were rife. The programme includes music by leading composer-players of the day including, Pla, Besozzi and Fischer.


Besozzi    Trio in F
Fischer    Rondeaux
Haydn    Trio no.4
Suck    Trio in C


Wesley    Trio in A

Pla    Trio

Fiala    Trio


4 players:


'The Galant Hoboy' - oboe, bassoon, viola da gamba, harpsichord


A concert exploring the double reed sonata in England between 1750 and1800. Including works by the leading players of the day including Mozart, Pla, Besozzi and Fischer.


T. Vincent    Sonata no.1 in D

J.C. Bach    Sonata in A op17/5 

J.C. Fischer    Duetto in G

G. Besozzi    Bassoon sonata


C.F. Abel    Gamba sonata in d minor. 

Mozart    Bassoon sonata

M Pla    Oboe sonata in c minor



'The English oboe Quartette' - oboe, violin, viola, cello


A concert exploring the music for oboe trio and quartet in England between 1750 and 1800. Including works by J.C.Bach, the leading players of the day and culminating in Mozarts great F major quartet.


J.C. Bach    Quartet

J.C. Fischer    Rondeau
String Trio
Sheild    Quartet in F


Suck    Trio in C

String Trio

Mozart    Quartet in F



5 players:


'Classical Delights' - flute, oboe, violin, viola, cello


An evening of quartets and quintets for flute, oboe and string trio 'for connoisserurs and fanciers of music', including some of JC Bach's greatest chamber music, his op.6 quintettos.


JC Bach    Quintetto no.1 (tutti)

Mozart    Quartet for flute in D K285

Haydn    Quintet (tutti)


Krommer    Quartet for oboe in C

Hoffmeister    Terzetto Scholastico (vln vla vc)

JC Bach    Quintetto no.6 (tutti)


Mozart & Beethoven Piano Quintets - oboe, clarinet, horn, bassoon, piano


Some of the most sublime chamber music in the form of Mozart's piano quintet for piano and winds (ob, cl, hn, bsn) complemented by its only compatible partner, Beethoven's quintet of equal forces. Wonderfully powerful, yet with the delicate sonority which can only be achieved using period instruments.


Haydn    Piano Sonata in D (Hob XVI/37)

Mozart    Quintet in Eb major KV452


Beethoven    Quintet in Eb major op.16

Haydn    Adagio in F (Hob XVII/9)


'Mostly Mozart' - oboe & string quartet


A wonderful programme consisting of some of Mozart's greatest chamber music, including his 'Gran Partitta' for 13 winds (K371), here presented in the arrangement  by his contemporary, the oboist Franz Rosinack for oboe and string quartet (violin, 2 violas, cello). The programme also includes Mozart's Serenade in C minor for winds arranged by the composer for string quintet and here performed in a version for oboe and strings.


Mozart (arr. Mozart)    Serenade in C minor for wind octet (K406)
Mozart  (arr. Rosinack (1750-1823)    'Gran Partitta' for 13 winds (K361) 




19th and 20th century programmes in preparation