South West Early Winds Weekend - 26th & 27th April 2014
Come and join Adam and Helen for two days of 16th & 17th century ensemble music in Somerset! The course is open to cornett, sackbutt, early double reed and recorder players, and will focus on small and large ensemble music by German composers. Visit the webpage (http://www.helen-roberts.com/south-west-early-winds-weekend.html) for more information, and tell all your friends!
WE ARE FUNDRAISING!
Thanks to all our wonderful supporters, we made our Kickstarter funding target! This means that we have £6020 to put towards the total budget for our forthcoming recording project! We are incredibly grateful to everyone who donated, helped with publicising the campaign and provided support along the way.
However, it's not over yet! The total budget for the project is £10,000. We can now go ahead, with the remaining £4000 covered by in-kind donations of time from the group's core members, but will continue to try and raise at least some of the remaining costs.
If you missed the opportunity to contribute, never fear! It is now possible to pre-purchase the forthcoming disc by going to the Support Us page and joining our subscription club. For just £20, you can still secure your advanced copy.
Of course, if you would like to become a regular supporter through our Friends Association, you can chose from one of our 3 giving levels, and get involved that way.
So, we're off to make final preparations for the recording, but watch this space for more news over Christmas and the New Year!
'The qualities of His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts have been established for many years, particularly in relation to sound-quality and agility in the
improvised ornamentations. The ensemble generates a real sensation of splendour'
Early Music 2011
'HMSC: They're unbelievable!'
a recent audience member in the USA!
His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts is a group of virtuoso wind players who specialise in playing Renaissance and Baroque music in historically appropriate styles on original instruments. The noble sound of cornetts and sackbuts was among the most versatile instrumental colours available to composers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. It was heard in many musical contexts: in consort or in alternation with voices in the extravagant liturgy of the great Italian and Spanish churches - above all the Basilica of St Mark's in Venice; in aristocratic entertainments such as the intermedii of northern Italy or the masques of Jacobean England; and in the ceremonial and devotional music for the courts and free cities of Lutheran Germany.
"If there was any question that HMSC is the pre-eminent early brass group, that question should have been laid to rest. It was like watching one brain in 8 bodies! Very impressive."
Audience member, Berkeley, February 2012
We've recently released a CD of a new work, written expecially for us by composer Martyn Harry. 'At His Majesty's Pleasure' features the core group, solo pieces and an extended HMSC to paint a picture of a childhood Monarch in 16th century England.
Our recently release CD of music by Giovanni Gabrieli, in collaboration with Ex Cathedra and Concerto Palatino, has been winning the hearts of critics and listeners across the world.
We are proud to welcome cornettist Helen Roberts to the group, expanding our core ensemble to three cornetts and three sackbuts.
'the playing is nothing short of exquisite. A breath of fresh air'
Historic Brass Society
"done with a style that is wonderful and also Good Playing! - That's the hallmark of HMSC" David Hurley - The King's Singers...
'Attractive music, excellent playing' - Adrian Horsewood in Classical Music Magazine, March 2013