Formed in 2002, Belsize Baroque is one of the leading amateur baroque orchestras. It comprises young professionals, students, and top amateur baroque players from London and elsewhere. The orchestra performs on period instruments in an historically informed style. It collaborates regularly with leading baroque directors to give orchestral performances, and works on baroque and classical repertoire 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.
Lockdown update …
Our November concert is cancelled, but we’ll be back as soon as regulations allow. Following our successful concert in September we’re planning to carry on with our 2021 concert dates — see below, and watch this page for news. Belsize Baroque are keen to be playing and performing again as soon as we can!
Belsize Baroque Orchestra Leader Scholarship
We are delighted to announce that Marguerite Wassermann will carry on as Belsize Baroque Leader Scholar for 2020/21.
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. Marguerite has played with chamber groups across London, including at Michael’s Highgate, St Anne’s Kew, St John’s Smith Square, and St Martin- in-the-Fields. She has recently been appointed an Emerging Artist by orchestral ensemble, La Serenissima. Marguerite is Artistic Director of the chamber group Judith Collective, who are curating an upcoming festival of historical women composers including stagings of cantatas by Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre. Marguerite read music at Oxford University where she also directed the student early music ensemble The Bate Players, who ran a complete cycle of Georg Muffat’s Concerti Grossi at The Holywell Music Room and Keble Chapel.