Cambridgeshire now has its very own Baroque ensemble for young musicians – and if you play a string instrument, certain woodwind instruments, or keyboard to Grade 4 or above there will be new opportunities to get involved from September!

The Roots Baroque Ensemble has been created as a result of the Roots project, which is a wider programme to strengthen music teaching and participation across the county. Over the past few weeks, young people have been working with The Brook Street Band, an ensemble who specialise in the music of Handel. The young musicians have been trying out historic instruments and Baroque musical techniques, and discovering what it was like to play in a 17th Century Orchestra!

The ensemble will be getting together for more workshops during the autumn term, and its first concerts are also being planned. These will take place on Saturday, 5 October, at Princes Street United Reformed Church in Norwich (7.30pm), and on Wednesday, 13 November, at the Music Department Recital Hall, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (time TBC). If you have reached Grade 4 and are interested in Early Music, or just want to find out more about it, places are available for string instruments (especially violins), as well as players of keyboard, recorder, oboe, flute and bassoon.

To find out more and apply to join, please visit the Roots Baroque Ensemble web page. It would be helpful if keyboardists who are interested in joining had some experience of working with figured bass and improvisation, or were interested in developing these techniques. Please note that a harpsichord will be in use at the forthcoming workshops.