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‘fascinating to watch… devoutly alone with their music, playing with total commitment and fervour.’

Bachtrack

Spiritato! is a period instrument ensemble with a love for little-known composers. As individuals they can be found performing with specialist ensembles throughout the UK and Europe, including the Academy of Ancient Music, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Les Talens Lyriques and the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.

Producing unique, research-based performance projects, avoiding well-trodden paths wherever possible, Spiritato actively seeks to promote forgotten composers and bring their music to a wider audience.

In 2014 the group released their second album on the Resonus Classics label, the world premiere recording of The Judgment of Paris by Daniel Purcell. Described by BBC Radio 3 CD Review as ‘high-quality entertainment’ the recording has received 4 star reviews from the Financial Times, Early Music Today, Bachtrack and BBC Music Magazine.

After performing for White Night at the Brighton Early Music Festival in October 2011, Spiritato! completed a tour of South-West France in August 2012, releasing Bella Dama, their debut album for the Resonus Classics label the following November. They were the only British group to be selected to perform at the REMA/European Early Music Network showcase 2013 and have been broadcast on BBC and European radio, including recent appearances on RSI (Swiss-Italian Radio) Ridotto dell’Opera, RAI Radio3 (Italy) Primo Movimento and BBC Radio 3 CD Review.

Future projects include their first UK tour; Guts and Glory, using innovative techniques at the forefront of Historically informed performance practice, and a series of modern premieres; featuring English Odes from the late 1600s and early 1700s.


Kinga Ujszászi - Violin
Joanne Miller - Viola
Alice Manthorpe Saunders - Cello
Nicolás Mendoza - Harpsichord
William Russell - Trumpet

Projects

Guts and Glory

In 2016 we'll embark on our most ambitious project ever. We’re going to be touring the UK with a programme of military art music – a contradiction in terms? Certainly not!Composers such as Biber and Schmelzer were often inspired by the sounds of battle to write energetic and heroic music for trumpets, drums and strings. It is works like these ...

The Judgment of Paris

In March 2014 we released our second album on the Resonus Classics label – the world-premiere recording of The Judgment of Paris, by Daniel Purcell. Written for a competition in 1701, it is one of the very first operas to be performed in London – sung throughout and entirely in English. Watch our project video. We’re delighted with the ...

In 2016 we are embarking on our most ambitious project ever. We’re going to be touring the UK with a programme of military art music – a contradiction in terms? Certainly not! Composers such as Biber and Schmelzer were often inspired by the sounds of battle to write energetic and heroic music for trumpets, drums and strings…