LIFEM 2021: Ensemble Hesperi
“Battle of the Kings: Music from the Courts of Louis XIV and Charles II”
Joint winners of the 2020 Young Ensemble Competition, Ensemble Hesperi, return for their winners’ recital.
Ensemble Hesperi is a dynamic and innovative London-based Early Music ensemble dedicated to showcasing eighteenth-century Scottish music’s infectious charm and dazzling virtuosity through imaginative programming and collaboration with other art forms. In 2019, the ensemble embarked on a unique project, ‘The Pheasant’s Eye’, featuring Highland dancer Kathleen Gilbert, supported by a Lottery grant from Arts Council England. Since 2019, the ensemble has been featured by Classical Music Magazine, recorded in the studio for Classic FM, selected as Britten Pears Young Artists for 2020 and as ‘Take Note’ artists for Chiltern Arts Festival. In November 2020, they won first prize at the London International Festival of Early Music Young Ensemble Competition.
Ensemble Hesperi performs regularly for those who have no opportunity to hear live classical music through the prestigious outreach scheme ‘Live Music Now. The ensemble has also developed a strong relationship with Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s charity, CW+: they were honoured to be invited to present two Handel Concerti Grossi at the celebration service for the Tercentenary of the hospital May 2019 at Westminster Abbey. From March 2020, Hesperi has live-streamed weekly to an enthusiastic audience around the world. In April 2020, the ensemble received an Emergency Coronavirus Response grant from Arts Council England, which supported a new online dance and Scottish music project, “Highland at Home with Hesperi”.