Ludus Baroque is Scotland’s chamber orchestra and chorus specialising in great works of the early music repertoire. The large ensemble gathers the finest baroque singers and instrumentalists from around the UK and is renowned for its twice-yearly productions at Edinburgh’s stunning Canongate Kirk: a performance of J.S. Bach’s B Minor Mass to celebrate the start of the Festival in August and a festive performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio every December.
Formed in 1998 under the direction of Richard Neville-Towle, the ‘crack group of British early musickers’ (The New York Times) prides itself on the exuberance and energy of its performances, combining exceptional soloists with a chorus of the country’s top emerging artists and an ensemble of the UK’s leading period instrumentalists. Ludus Baroque has an enviable reputation for bringing together rising stars of the highest quality for energetic and uplifting performances of early music.
In addition to its popular Edinburgh performances (described by The Herald as ‘a small Edinburgh Festival in themselves’), the group has expanded its activity to concert venues outside the capital and also delivers high-quality training opportunities for emerging professional artists and the amateur performer alike. It has made three critically acclaimed Handel recordings with Delphian: Alexander’s Feast (DCD34094, 2 CDs), Song for St Cecilia’s Day/Look Down, Harmonious Saint/Concerto Grosso Op. 6 No. 7 in B flat (DCD34110) and The Triumph of Time and Truth (DCD34135).