Yorkshire Baroque Soloists (= YBS) was formed in 1973 by Peter Seymour to perform a repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries for forces ranging from chamber to orchestral size. The group has performed and recorded in most European countries and forms the basis of the baroque and classical parts of York Early Music Festival.
Much of the orchestra's work has been with Yorkshire Bach Choir and recent performances have included J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio (BWV 248), W.A. Mozart's Requiem and C Minor Mass, Cantatas for the Feast of St Michael by J.S. Bach and Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610. Commercially released recordings have included J.S. Bach's Motets (Carlton) and Festal Mass at the Imperial Court in Vienna, 1648 (Carlton) and W.A. Mozart's Requiem (York Records). In June 2002 their latest recording was released, a sequence of Psalms and motets by Tomás Luis de Victoria.
YBS performed a programme for Channel 4 about J.S. Bach's work in Leipzig in which, amongst other compositions, they performed J.S. Bach's Ascension Oratorio (BWV 11). In recent York Early Music Festivals BBC and WDR have recorded the group's performances of George Frideric Handel's Semele, Alexander's Feast, J.S. Bach's Cantatas for the Feast of St Michael , Purcell's Come ye Sons of Art, The Yorkshire Feast Song, Blow's Welcome every guest, Clarke's Music on the Death of Henry Purcell, Haydn's Theresienmesse, W.A. Mozart's Requiem, Purcell's Dioclesian and a psalm sequence of music by Charpentier. In recent seasons YBS has performed programmes of Purcell's music on an Early Music University Network Tour and recorded for BBC a programme of music by Biber including his Missa Alleluia, scored for 8-part choir, 8 soloists, 6 trumpets, timpani, 2 cornetts, 3 trombones, strings and continuo. Other recordings have included a further BBC programme of music by Muffat and Biber.
In September 1999 they performed a programme of Blow for WDR broadcast live by EBU with music specially edited by Peter Seymour. In July 2000 they appeared in York Early Music Festival, performing programmes of Heinrich Schütz (St John Passion, Seven Last Words, Resurrection History) and some new editions (again by Peter Seymour) of biblical narratives by Purcell and Blow. Both of these concerts were recorded by BBC. In the same month YBS appeared in Ryedale Festival performing Purcell and Blow odes.
In the 2000-2001 season YBS performed J.S. Bachís B Minor Mass (BWV 232) and Lutheran Masses, G.F. Handelís The ways of Zion do mourn, a programme for voices and strings by Haydn and W.A. Mozart and further English Restoration odes. In the 2001 York Early Music Festival YBS performed a programme of Baroque concertos and sonatas by Antonio Vivaldi, Arcangelo Corelli, Stradella, Torelli, Sammartini, Scarlatti and Tomaso Albinoni. Last season included G.F. Handelís Messiah, W.A. Mozartís Requiem, Haydnís Nelson Mass and north German cantatas by J.S. Bach, Dietrich Buxtehude and Franz Tunder. In summer of 2002 YBS appeared at York Early Music Festival (Victoria), Swaledale Festival (Schubert song cycles), Ryedale Festival (Haydn, W.A. Mozart) and Festival Mitte Europa in Germany and Czech Republic (Purcell, Finger).
The coming seasonís programme includes performances of J.S. Bachís motets, Magnificat (BWV 243), Cantatas BWV 110 and BWV 191, St John Passion (BWV 245), Purcellís Fairy Queen, G.F. Handel Coronation Anthems and concerti grossi.
Singers: Yvonne Seymour - soprano; Joseph Cornwell - tenor; Stephen Varcoe - bass
Violins: Lucy Russell, Jonathan Sparey, Simon Jones, Martin Hughes, Mieko Kanno, Rebecca Livermore
Violas: Alan George, Duncan Druce, Clare Barwick
Cellos: Rachel Gray, Daniel Yeadon, Ian Sharp
Violone: Jane McDermott
Flutes: Utako Ikeda, Edwina Smith, Lis Parry
Oboes: Antony Robson, Cherry Forbes
Clarinets: Lesley Schatzberger, Michael Harris
Bassoons: Alastair Mitchell, Felix Warnock
Trumpets: Crispian Steele-Perkins, David Staff
Therbos: William Carter, Liz Kenny
Organ, Harpsichord, Fortepiano: Peter Seymour