The Consort of Twelve


Noticeboard posts:
27.04.24 Preview: “L’Europe Galante” 
31.07.23 Profile: Helen Hooker, recorder player, educator and conductor
10.07.23 Portsmouth Baroque Choir and the Consort of Twelve “Messiah” in Chichester
30.06.23 Preview: “Messiah” (complete) by the Consort of Twelve and the Portsmouth Baroque Choir
19.08.22 The Consort of Twelve celebrates its 40th anniversary / a short history of the ensemble

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.

Performer Details
    Events by this performer
    July 7, 2024
    Conductor: David Gostick With the PCU and The Consort of Twelve. Ada Witczyk will be leading this concert. Handel: Saul Charlotte Bowden: sopranoJoseph Bolger: countertenorKieran White: tenorJamie Woollard: bass Tickets: Adults £20, Children/ Students £5 from the PCU website or at the...
    May 12, 2024
    Read preview notes. Ashley Solomon (flute) (pictured) will be leading this concert with The Consort of Twelve. Handel – Concerto Grosso Op 6 No 5 in DJS Bach – Sinfomia to Cantata BWV 42Pergolesi – Flute Concerto in GTelemann –...
    March 16, 2024
    Read preview notes. Conductor: Malcolm KeelerPortsmouth Baroque Choir with the Consort of Twelve Chamber Ensemble d’Astorga – Stabat mater Fauré- Requiem Tickets £14, £12, £2.
    September 10, 2023
    Read a preview. Julia Bishop will be leading this concert with the Consort of Twelve. Soloists: Helen Hooker and Sophie Middleditch (recorders)Lynden Cranham (cello)Daisy Walford (soprano)Rebecca Leggett (alto) Programme: Geminiani    Concerto Grosso in G minor Op 3/2Vivaldi     ...
    July 9, 2023
    Read preview notes and a review. Celebrate the last night of another fabulous Festival, with the Consort of Twelve and the Portsmouth Baroque Choir performing Handel’s Messiah. Bring a picnic for the dinner interval. 2023 will be the 280th anniversary...
    May 14, 2023
    Read preview notes. Ashley Solomon (flute) (pictured) will be leading this concert. Telemann – Suite in D major TWV55 D4Anon – Sonata ChiquitanaMuffat – Passacaglia from Armonici TributoPurcell – Suite from the Fairy QueenLeclair – Flute concerto in C major...
    September 11, 2022
    Read preview notes. Catherine Martin will be leading this concert. Samartini – Sinfonia in G major Mudge – Concerto Grosso No 4 in D minor Geminiani – Concerto Grosso (after Corelli) in F major Op 5/10 Handel – Concerto Grosso...
    July 3, 2022
    Read a preview and a review. Portsmouth Baroque Choir joins the Consort of Twelve to perform Handel’s oratorio Israel in Egypt. Stirring choruses with graphic musical imitations of hailstones, fire, plagues of frogs and flies, galloping horses and the waters...
    May 15, 2022
    Simon Standage will be leading this concert. Read about Simon. The aim of this concert is to juxtapose and contrast Vivaldi and Bonaparti and their works. Simon writes, “I hope our program on May 15th will be both attractive and...