Formed in 2002, Belsize Baroque is a leading amateur baroque orchestra. It comprises young professionals, students, and accomplished amateur baroque players. The orchestra performs on period instruments in an historically informed style. It collaborates regularly with leading baroque directors to give orchestral performances, and performs baroque and classical works with choral groups.
The orchestra showcases the abilities of talented college students and young professional musicians, providing these players with the opportunity to perform with top directors and an experienced baroque orchestra. It runs an annual scholarship programme.
Sunday 30th May was our our first concert since last autumn. (We sold out!) Please watch this page for details of our concerts later this year, when we hope to be allowed bigger audiences (12 September, 28 November, 23 January).
Note for our players:
Belsize Baroque Orchestra Leader Scholarship
We are delighted invite candidates to apply for the Belsize Baroque Leadership Scholarship. Candidates must be studying for a masters as at October 2021, or have graduated with a masters in the past three years. The successful candidate will lead all or a section of the orchestra, and be awarded £800. Click here for full details and application instructions. Applications must be made by Friday 18th June 2021.
Our current Leader Scholar, Marguerite Wassermann, writes
I am delighted to have been asked to continue my scholarship at Belsize Baroque. I have had such an enjoyable year playing fantastically varied concerts with such friendly people. I am looking forward to be able to play with Belsize again whenever that might be!
Marguerite Wassermann is a student at the Royal Academy of Music where she studies violin in the Historical Performance department, and holds the scholarship of the Enlightenment. She is completing a Master’s thesis on ornamentation and instrumentation between 1580 and 1620. She has recently been appointed an Emerging Artist by orchestral ensemble, La Serenissima. Marguerite read music at Oxford University.