THE CONSORT OF TWELVE Patrons: Paul Esswood Kate Mosse
THE CONSORT OF TWELVE                                                               Patrons: Paul Esswood                                                                        Kate Mosse

The story of The Consort of Twelve

Some of the Consort in 1982

The ensemble was founded in 1981 jointly by harpsichordist Ian Graham-Jones and Baroque violinist Paul Denley, who led the Consort for fifteen years. Its first performance was an ambitious project jointly with 'Opera 70' to perform a staged production of Handel's opera Alessandro. It's first instrumental concert was in January 1982 (here shown a photo taken at this concert; some of the orginal players are still playing with the Consort). It was subsequently led for four years by Julia Bishop, violinist in the ensemble 'Red Priest', before Judy Tarling took over from 2001 to 2012. Our choral concerts between 2000 and 2008 were conducted by Paul Esswood.


Soloists, all of whom are Baroque specialists, include:

sopranos - Emma Kirkby, Evelyn Tubb, Angharad Gruffydd Jones, Philippa Hyde

altos - Margaret Philpot, Paul Esswood

tenors - Andrew King, Joseph Cornwell, Robin Tritschler

basses - Ian Caddy, Adrian Peacock

harpsichord - Sophie Yates, Ruth Dyson, David Pollock

lute - Michael Fields; mandolin - Alison Stephens

violin - Julia Bishop, Catherine Martin

cello - Lynden Cranham, Kate Conway

flute and recorder - Jeremy Barlow, Sophie Middleditch, Helen Hooker

oboe - Gerard McDonald, Anthony Robson

clarinet and chalumeau - Martin Harlow, Gerard McDonald

bassoon - Paul Carroll, Sally Holman

trumpet - Stephen Keogh



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2017 DATES


21 MAY




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