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The Consort of Twelve is an ensemble of musicians which specialises in the performance of Baroque music using the styles, techniques and instruments of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

The Consort was founded in 1982 and has hosted many concerts both in the Chichester area and further afield. It generally gives three concerts a year in the Sussex/Hampshire area. The concerts usually take place in churches, where the acoustics and intimate atmosphere are particularly suited to baroque music.

The make-up of baroque orchestras depends on the repertoire but, typically, it might consist of 13 string instruments, several woodwind players and a harpsichord. The players in such an orchestra are generally directed by the leader, the first violinist, though when working with a choir they might have a conductor.

Many of the players of the Consort regularly perform with some of the country’s most prestigious period orchestras, including The Academy of Ancient Music, The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Monteverdi Orchestra, Orchestra Révolutionnaire et Romantique, English Baroque Soloists, The Hanover Band and Florilegium and La Serenissima.

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Sunday 3 July 2022: Please see this page for Handel’s oratorio ‘Israel in Egypt’, which is due to be performed by The Consort of Twelve with Portsmouth Baroque Choir.

2020: Please see this page for St Matthew Passion, which was due to be performed by The Consort of Twelve with the Portsmouth Choral Union on 4 April.

Noticeboard posts:

The Consort of Twelve offers first Chichester concert since December 2019 18/09/2021
Profile: Catherine Martin, vioinist 16/04/2021
Profile: Lynden Cranham, cellist 01/06/2020
Musicians from The Consort of Twelve play Baroque chamber music 14/10/2019
Preview: The Consort of Twelve goes on a “Grand Tour” 28/06/2018
The Consort of Twelve open new season in Chichester 19/04/2018

Upcoming concerts:

Sun, 15 May 6:00pm Consort of Twelve: Two Composer-Priests: Vivaldi and Bonporti St John’s Chapel, Chichester

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