What we do
Founded in 2003 by Oliver Webber and Wendi Kelly, MSB was created to explore the unique style, rich sonority and wonderful repertoire of the 17th century string band.
Our core repertoire ranges from the exquisite diminutions of the turn of the 17th century to the virtuosic sonatas of Biber and his contemporaries. Programmes are imaginatively designed and often include readings from contemporary figures from the literary or scientific worlds. Over the years we have enjoyed many fruitful collaborations, particularly with the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble and Passacaglia. MSB's members have worked with prestigious specialist ensembles internationally, and each brings a vast range of complementary knowledge and experience to the ensemble.
The band ranges in size from two or three players for intimate chamber music to a dozen or more for grand polychoral celebrations; we can also provide a high-baroque orchestra for later works such as Bach's Passions and Handel's Oratorios.
News and Events
We very much enjoyed our live discussion at U-Sophia on 19th March, in advance of MSB's forthcoming visit to the Echi Lontani festival in Sardinia! Topics ranged widely, including historical settings for early music, the influence of recording on audience expectation, and the joys of playing and ornamenting madrigals instrumentally.
We are also enormously looking forward to taking part in a festival of Venetian music in Northern Ireland next spring: watch this space for details!