The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble
The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble (ECSE) is a virtuoso period instrument ensemble with a host of distinguished recordings to its name.
Since its formation in 1993, the group has performed at countless major festivals in the UK and abroad. As well as sell-out concerts at London’s Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square and the Purcell Room, it has also performed at the BBC Proms, York Early Music Festival, Bath International Festival, Spitalfields Festival, Tage Alte Musik Regensburg, Laus Polyphoniae and Misteria Paschalia. ECSE regularly works with leading vocal ensembles including I Fagiolini, Alamire and Westminster Cathedral Choir.
The group has appeared on numerous albums, including The Spy’s Choirbook with David Skinner and Alamire which won the 2015 Gramophone Award for Early Music. The group’s latest recording collaboration with I Fagiolini, entitled Monteverdi: The Other Vespers, was released on Decca Classics in 2017 to widespread acclaim.
This ensemble's first recording for Resonus Classics was part of The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble’s 25th anniversary celebrations in 2018. The group also marked the occasion by commissioning and premiering a substantial new work by composer Andrew Keeling entitled Loud Lament (with thanks to the Purbeck Art Weeks Festival).