About Poeticall Musicke
Poeticall Musicke is an early music band based in the UK. Founded in 2011 and named after Tobias Hume’s 1607 collection of viol music and songs, their exhilarating sound and energetic schedule of concerts and recordings have attracted a growing local and international audience. They are supported by a number of generous patrons, including Dame Emma Kirkby DBE and Suzi Digby OBE. Poeticall Musicke specialises in chamber music of the early and middle Baroque. Their vivid soloists are accompanied by continuo instruments from a diverse palette of theorbo, lute, spinet, viol, harp, organ, cello and lirone. In 2013-14 Poeticall Musicke was the resident ensemble at three churches around the UK: St James’s, Prebend St, Islington; All Saints, North St, York; and St Mary Magdalen, Oxford. In March 2014 the group performed a programme of French baroque music on a national tour in association with the Churches Conservation Trust. The group is the exclusive baroque ensemble for the website Lyribox, an online resource for singers. They have played throughout the UK in venues including London’s Southbank Centre, HM Treasury, and Lincoln Cathedral. Internationally, they have performed in the fringe of the 2014 Bruges early music festival, and at the 2013 Echi lontani festival of early music in Sardinia. Poeticall Musicke has embraced online music distribution by providing outstanding recordings that are free to download. Through their record label Veterum Musica they have gained an increasingly substantial and enthusiastic online following, having attracted over 40,000 plays with ten albums. Poeticall Musicke is grateful for the support of the Early Music Shop and a growing number of patrons.