Apollo Baroque Consort
About Apollo Baroque Consort
Since its formation in 2011 the Apollo Baroque Consort has established a reputation for intelligent performances of instrumental and vocal music, specialising in the repertoire of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Our performances are driven by the academic research of our musicians, who are students and graduates of institutions at the forefront of contemporary historical performance study. The ensemble’s name comes from Apollo, the God of music in Greek mythology who is often shown playing a lute. It is also (and more importantly!) a reference to the Sun King, Louis XIV of France who played Apollo in Lully’s ballet Le Ballet de la Nuit. A great patron of music (under whom Lalande flourished) it was this performance which earned him the title “Le Roi Soleil”. A versatile ensemble, each project is different and has the choice of repertoire at its heart. We draw together players and singers who are specialists in their genre and who are passionate about promoting the musical treasures of the baroque period. Our projects have included performances of major works such as Handel’s Acis and Galatea and Tomas Luis de Victoria’s Requiem, and recordings as part of research projects lead by Shirley Thompson and Graham Sadler at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris and the Biennial International Conference on Baroque Music at University of Southampton. Our 2012 CD Passiontide: Holy Week in the Courts of Europe was released to critical acclaim.