Performing vocal and instrumental music of the 17th and 18th centuries

The acclaimed early chamber music group, Arioso, was formed in 1992 in response to the remarkable growth of interest in music of the baroque to provide period performance across the Midlands and North of England, outside the area generally covered by similar groups mostly based in London and the South East.

Arioso has performed in many venues ranging from grand country houses, through historic buildings and modern concert venues to local community centres and village halls. Concert engagements have included numerous concert promoting societies, the Early Music Network, local authority concert series and international and local Early Music Festivals as well as special performances for many other organisations including the National Trust, UNICEF and Amnesty International.

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Arioso Programmes

We develop new programmes for each concert season but also offer custom-made programmes to suit particular needs or venues (eg local events, people, historical features).

ARIOSO's new 2013 Autumn programme is an exciting selection of vocal and instrumental music by composers linked to the spectacular court of Louis XIV, the 'Sun King'.

Composers include Lully, with extracts from his operas and opera-ballets and instrumental and other vocal works by Cavalli, Couperin, Lambert and Monteclair. This programme spans much of the 17th and early 18th centuries and thus provides a wide range of textures and styles which we are sure will appeal to a variety of audience tastes.

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