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

Our leaders 2017

CATHERINE MARTIN read music at St Anne's College Oxford and later studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.


Now specialising in performance on period instuments, she has been the leader of the Gabrieli Consort and Players since 2005. She is also the leader of the Early Opera Company and has appeared as guest leader of The English Concert and Florilegium.

She is member of the Salomon String Quartet.


Catherine appears on many recordings, including for Deutsche Grammophon with the Gabrieli, EMI with Ensemble Galant and Chandos with I Fagiolini and Collegium Musicum 90.


Julia Bishop

JULIA BISHOP is one of the outstanding baroque violin specialists of her generation, with a virtuoso style described in the BBC Music Magazine as ‘psychedelic’. She has toured the world with most of the UK's leading period instrument orchestras, including the English Concert, of which she was a member for six years. Julia has worked extensively as an orchestral leader and soloist, in particular with the celebrated Gabrieli Consort, with whom she has performed internationally and appeared on numerous discs for Deutsche Grammophon. She has also appeared as concerto soloist with Florilegium, the Brandenburg Consort and the Hanover Band.

Catherine Mackintosh

CATHERINE MACKINTOSH.  After conventional training at the Royal College of Music, Catherine took up the viol and baroque violin, attracted by the expressive possibilities which early instruments can bring to pre-classical repertoire. Over the past four decades she has taken part in a fascinating era of discovery, pioneering many ground-breaking projects played for the first time on original instruments.


Catherine was leader of the Academy of Ancient Music 1973-1988. During this period she made countless best-selling recordings for Decca and EMI on original instruments. Her extensive discography includes over 40 CDs with the Purcell Quartet (Chandos). In classical repertoire she plays with fortepianist Geoffrey Govier as Duo Amadè in programmes of the complete Mozart sonatas. She has directed Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (of which she is a founder member) on worldwide tours.


Catherine has passed on her enthusiasm for earlier styles of performing to countless musicians. From 1977-2001 she was professor of baroque and classical violin and viola at the Royal College of Music. Now in demand for masterclasses and coaching, she has formed close links in Eastern Europe. From 2008-2011 she taught baroque violin at The Hague Royal Conservatoire. and is a visiting professor of the Royal College and Royal Academy of Music, London and Zagreb Academy, Croatia. She is a Fellow of RCM and RSAMD.

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2017 DATES


21 MAY




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