Choir and instrumentalists in a recording session
© M Brundsen Photography 2010

Yorkshire Baroque Soloists

Yorkshire Baroque Soloists was formed in 1973 by Peter Seymour to perform a repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries for forces ranging from chamber to orchestral size. The group has performed and recorded in most European countries and forms the basis of the baroque and classical parts of York Early Music Festival.

Much of the orchestra's work has been with Yorkshire Bach Choir and recent performances have included Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Mozart's Requiem and C Minor Mass, Cantatas for the Feast of St Michael by Bach and Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610. Commercially released recordings have included Bach's Motets (Carlton) and Festal Mass at the Imperial Court in Vienna, 1648 (Carlton) and Mozart's Requiem. More recently Psalms and motets by Tomás Luis de Victoria was released in June 2002 and Monteverdi – Vespro Della Beata Vergine in June 2004. A new CD recording with YBC featuring Bach Family Motets was released in June 2006.

New recording

The photograph above shows Yorkshire Bach Soloists making their most recent recording, of Bach's St John Passion, in January 2010. The recording was released by Signum Classics in August 2010 and is now available direct from YBS. Click here to see full details.

Bach in Leipzig

YBS performed a programme for Channel 4 about Bach's work in Leipzig in which, amongst other compositions, they performed Bach's Ascension Oratorio. In recent York Early Music Festivals BBC and WDR have recorded the group's performances of Handel's Semele, Alexander's Feast, Bach's Cantatas for the Feast of St Michael, Purcell's Come ye Sons of Art, the Yorkshire Feast Song, Blow's Welcome every guest , Clarke's Music on the Death of Henry Purcell, Haydn's Theresienmesse, Mozart's Requiem, Purcell's Dioclesian and a psalm sequence of music by Charpentier. In recent seasons YBS has performed programmes of Purcell's music on an Early Music University Network Tour and recorded for BBC a programme of music by Biber including his Missa Alleluia, scored for 8–part choir, 8 soloists, 6 trumpets, timps, 2 cornetts, 3 trombones, strings and continuo. Other recordings have included a further BBC programme of music by Muffat and Biber. In September 1999 they performed a programme of Blow for WDR broadcast live by EBU with music specially edited by Peter Seymour. In July 2000 they appeared in York Early Music Festival, performing programmes of Schütz (St John Passion, Seven Last Words, Resurrection History) and some new editions, again by Peter Seymour, of biblical narratives by Purcell and Blow. These concerts were recorded by BBC. In the same month YBS appeared in Ryedale Festival performing Purcell and Blow odes.

Recent seasons

Recent seasons have included performances with YBC of Bach Motets, Christmas Oratorio, and Monteverdi Vespers. Additionally YBS joined University of York Choir in a performance of Handel’s Saul and performed a programme of violin and oboe concerti (soloists: Lucy Russell, Anthony Robson), Cantata 170 and movements from Art of Fugue. In summer 2004 YBS performed a programme of Charpentier motets in York Early Music Festival and Purcell’s Fairy Queen in Festival Mitte Europa (in Germany and Czech Republic).

Last season’s programme included Bach B minor Mass, St John Passion, Handel Coronation Anthems, Israel in Egypt, Vivaldi Seasons, Mozart Requiem, Haydn Nelson Mass and Purcell Fairy Queen (June 20th). Recently YBS performed programmes of Purcell in Warwick and at the Ryedale Festival and Bach’s St John Passion at July’s York Early Music Festival, In September 2009, YBS presented a Purcell Day of three concerts in Merseburg (Germany) and at Köthener Herbst performed a programme of music from Bach’s library from his time at Cöthen; composers included Bach, Torelli and Handel.

Yorkshire Baroque Soloists' regular personnel include:

For further information email Peter Seymour