The OrchestraDevon Baroque Orchestra
About Devon Baroque
In 1999 a group of professional string players invited Margaret Faultless to Devon to direct a workshop devoted to Baroque performance style. Devon Baroque was formed as the result and is now a highly respected chamber orchestra, performing on period instruments, with a reputation for exuberant and polished performances of Baroque repertoire. It matches scholarship with a strong musical personality, bringing music alive to contemporary audiences.
Devon Baroque, now an important addition to the artistic landscape of the South West, has given over 120 concerts in cathedrals, churches, concert halls and private venues. It has worked with international soloists such as Emma Kirkby, Michael Chance and Sebastian Comberti and helps to promote young musicians at the start of their careers. Devon Baroque also collaborates with vocal ensembles and choirs.
In addition to performing the more well-known repertoire, Devon Baroque aims to introduce less familiar and rarely heard music to our audiences.
Persephone has been leading the orchestra with style and panache for the last two years. Born in the USA, she studied at Juilliard and gained degrees in English and law before moving to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music. Hailed as a ‘rising star of the baroque violin’, Persephone is leader, soloist and occasional director of the Brandenburg Baroque Soloists and Charivari Agréable and is guest leader with Florilegium and the Feinstein Ensemble.
Persephone is a member of the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Gabrieli Consort and regularly presents gigs with her chamber group Gut Instinct. Her recent featured appearances include the Globe Theatre’s production of Cavalli’s opera ‘L’Ormindo’ and the Glorious Georges festival at Kensington Palace.
Andrew trained as a pianist and organist (with John Lill and Nicholas Danby) at Cambridge and York Universities while maintaining a strong interest in composition. On these instruments and on harpsichord he has performed and recorded widely, from the UK to Ireland to Croatia, France and Germany. Since moving to Cardiff he founded the Welsh Baroque Orchestra which brings period instrument playing to Wales, alongside the Welsh Camerata choir which specialises in early repertoire.
On retirement from teaching at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama he pursues active careers in playing, conducting and composing. Read more…
Below, a short video on Discord in Baroque Music.