- Early Music ensemble
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Ensemble Hesperi is a dynamic and innovative London-based Early Music ensemble, dedicated to showcasing Baroque music through imaginative programming and collaboration with other art forms.
The ensemble has developed a strong reputation for championing rarely-heard music by eighteenth-century Scottish composers: their 2019 project, “The Pheasant’s Eye”, featuring choreography from Highland dancer Kathleen Gilbert, was supported by a Lottery grant from Arts Council England. During this touring project, the ensemble was featured by Classical Music Magazine and recorded in studio for Classic FM. In 2020, Hesperi were selected as Britten Pears Young Artists, and in November 2020, won first prize at the LIFEM Young Ensemble Competition. In 2021, the ensemble was delighted to be one of the first recipients of a grant from the Continuo Foundation, and to win third prize at the prestigious International Van Wassenaer Competition in Utrecht. Most recently, they have been selected as 2021 City Music Foundation Artists.
Ensemble Hesperi strongly believes that Early Music should be enjoyed by all, and its members perform regularly for those who have no opportunity to hear live classical music through the prestigious charitable organisation “Live Music Now”. In 2019, the ensemble was honoured to be invited to perform by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s charity, CW+ at the celebration service for the Tercentenary of the hospital at Westminster Abbey. Since the global pandemic broke in March 2020, Hesperi has live-streamed content regularly, maintaining an enthusiastic audience of friends and supporters around the world.