Formed in 1991, Florilegium quickly established a reputation for stylish and exciting interpretations of music from the baroque era to the early romantic revolution. Among the numerous residencies they held was the coveted post of Ensemble-in-Residence at London's Wigmore Hall, a position they enjoyed from 1998 to 2000, performing several series of concerts each year and becoming actively involved in the Hall's education work. Since September 2008 Florilegium have been Ensemble in Association at the Royal College of Music. They give one public performance each term and, where appropriate, include students from the Historical Performance department.
In addition they take string, wind and keyboard sessions and give frequent masterclasses on 18th century baroque repertoire. Concert engagements have taken Florilegium throughout Europe, North and South America, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia and concert venues have included the Sydney Opera House, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Konzerthaus in Vienna, Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Handel-Haus in Halle, the restored Frauenkirche in Dresden, Théâtre Grevin in Paris and the Frick Collection in New York. Florilegium's performances range from intimate chamber works to large-scale orchestral repertoire. The Florilegium Choir under the musical directorship of David Hill perform baroque choral and orchestral repertoire including mainstream passions and oratorios.
Florilegium regularly collaborate with some of the world's finest singers including Dame Emma Kirkby, Derek Lee Ragin and Robin Blaze. Since their first collaboration at Easter 2000, Florilegium have been regular guests of The Bach Choir and David Hill at the Royal Festival Hall. In 2009 Florilegium celebrated Haydn’s anniversary by presenting three concerts at Wigmore Hall, and the anniversaries of Haydn, Purcell and Handel were celebrated by performances in a number of UK spring and summer festivals; overseas concerts included the Halle Festival and Milan. These three composers dominated the remainder of 2009, which culminated in a Handel/Purcell concert at Wigmore Hall with Dame Emma Kirkby on New Year’s Eve.
2010 started with a performance of Bolivian Baroque in Singapore. Among other events, the 300th anniversary of Pergolesi’s birth will be celebrated in concerts in UK, (including Wigmore Hall and Stour Festival), at the Budapest Festival and in Spain, Austria, Italy and Germany. The group's discography of twenty recordings for the Dutch label Channel Classics have been awarded many prizes including a Gramophone Award nomination, Editor's Choice from Gramophone, Diapasons d'Or and Chocs de la Musique from France. Telemann's Paris Quartets Vol 2 was awarded the group's fourth Editor's Choice from Gramophone Magazine and won the Classical Internet Award from Classicstoday.com. Florilegium's first volume of Baroque Music from the Missions of the Moxos and Chiquitos Indians was released to critical acclaim in 2005; a second volume was Gramophone Editor's Choice in March 2007 and nominated for a 2008 BBC Music Magazine award.
The CD of Bach Cantatas and Sinfonias with the Dutch soprano Johannette Zomer received a 2008 Edison Award, Dutch music’s most prestigious prize. The second volume, with Lucy Crowe, released in November 2008, was selected as The Sunday Times’s CD of the Week ten days before Christmas. A third volume of Bolivian Baroque music was released in January 2010. Future releases include a disc of music by Pergolesi, and Florilegium's arrangements of Bach's Organ Trio Sonatas. http://www.florilegium.org.uk/biography.htm Read more on Last.fm.
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