Trinity Baroque was founded at Trinity College, Cambridge, where it soon established itself as a key figure in the development of the early music scene. It gained an unprecedented following with its use of historical performance practice in major baroque works, and by devising programmes that brought together diverse early and folk music to create semi-theatrical “celebrations” of a particular theme or season.
Now focused around a core of six singers, Trinity Baroque continues to explore the music of the Renaissance and early Baroque periods, and programmes with quirky combinations of sacred and secular music have become the group’s hallmark. It has developed its reputation in the UK and abroad, appearing at festivals in London, York, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Germany, and Palma Mallorca.
Most recently they toured eastern Germany with Bach’s motets, including appearances in Naumburg and Dresden, and, augmented by renaissance wind instruments, performed a programme of Spanish polyphony at the Seville Early Music Festival.
Trinity Baroque has also appeared frequently on BBC national Radio, and their latest recording, Rites of Spring, was released in 2000 to great critical excitement and acclaim. In addition the group has appeared as guest artists on a series of collections of mediaeval and Tudor age music, and as a team of soloists in psalms by Johann Rosenmüller with the Windsbacher Knabenchor.
Trinity Baroque has collaborated with instrumental ensembles such as Florilegium and The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. Other projects involving voices and instruments have included a programme of Tudor music arranged for voices and brass; Heinrich Schütz’s Auferstehungs-historia; and single to double voice performances of Bach’s St. John Passion (BWV 245), the B-minor Mass (BWV 232), the Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248) and the Motets throughout the UK.
Future projects include the release of Bach’s motets (recorded May 2006), a recording of Heinrich Schütz’s Musikalische Exequien and Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck’s Psaulmes de David.