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 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 enormously enjoyed our visit to Echi Lontani in Cagliari, and are delighted to announce that the webcast is available to watch here.
You need to sign in to watch but it's quick, simple and free - do drop in and get a taste of The Madrigal Transformed! You can also see a few short clips here on our site.
We are also very much looking forward to taking this programme to Northern Ireland for a festival of Venetian music next spring: watch this space for details!