The Ensemble
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The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble is a virtuoso period instrument ensemble at the forefront of the early music scene.

Since its formation in 1993, ECSE has performed at many major music festivals in the UK and abroad. As well as sell-out concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square and the Purcell Room it has also performed at the Bath International Festival, Spitalfields Festival, La Folle Journée, Grundton D, and the International Izmir Festival. 2011 saw its debut performance in the Three Choirs Festival alongside the choir of Royal Holloway College. ECSE has toured France, Canada (2001 and 2008) and Israel twice (with assistance from the British Council). In 2011 ECSE visited Turkey and Florence with the renowned solo-voice ensemble I Fagiolini, as well as perfoming music from Monteverdi's Selva Morale with Cantus Cölln in a concert celebrating the re-opening of the gothic cathedral in Trier, Germany.

Following the success of its debut CD Accendo (2001) - which achieved three 5-star awards - ECSE has been involved in many quality recordings, including The Madrigal in Venice, a large-scale recording of Andrea Gabrieli’s madrigals with I Fagiolini which was described as 'one of the most enthralling madrigal anthologies on the market'. Its discography also includes a world premiere of Francesco Scarlatti’s 'Miserere' with Emma Kirkby and the Armonico Consort, a critically acclaimed Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, and a CD of music by the Flemish composer Philippe Rogier with the choir of King’s College London. 2011 saw the release of Le Divin Arcadelt with Musica Contexta, and a further collaboration with I Fagiolini: the world premiere recording of the momentous 40-part mass Ecco si beato giorno by Alessandro Striggio, which scooped both the Gramophone Award for Early Music and the Diapason d'Or.
ECSE has released two further solo discs: a recital of German music entitled A Hanseatic Festival (2004), and Flower Of Cities All (2008) which features music from Shakespeare's London. In 2012 ECSE gave solo recitals at the York Early Music Festival, Dartington International Summer School and Kings Place. In addition, 2012 saw the release of two new recordings: Byrd's Great Service with Musica Contexta (Chaconne), and the follow-up to the Striggio disc, entitled 1612 Italian Vespers with Robert Hollingworth and I Fagiolini (Decca) which was performed at that years BBC Proms. In 2013 the group also featured on a new CD of Peter Philips double-choir motets with the choir of Royal Holloway College London (Hyperion). Future CD releases include a double CD project with vocal ensemble Alamire entitled The Spy's Choirbook: music copied by Petrus Alamire and then given to Henry VIII.

The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble regularly accompanies leading professional vocal groups and ensembles, including I Fagiolini, Alamire, Cantus Cölln, the Monteverdi String Band and the Armonico Consort. It has also performed with choral societies throughout Britain, including many performances of Claudio Monteverdi’s magnificent 1610 Vespers. 2014 sees ECSE's first collaboration with David Skinner's vocal ensemble Alamire in a CD recording of music printed by the composer, copyist, diplomat, businessman and spy Pierre Alamire.

In addition to working with ECSE, its members perform individually with some of the worlds leading period instrument groups such as l'Arpeggiata, The Taverner Consort, Concerto Palatino, the Gabrieli Consort and Players, Il Giardino Armonico, l'Arpeggiata, The English Baroque Soloists, King’s Consort, Ensemble La Fenice, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Tafelmusik, as well as providing music for the plays at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on London’s Bankside.