The English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble is a virtuoso period instrument group with a host of distinguished recordings to its name. In addition to regular recital work, the ensemble collaborates with leading vocal ensembles such as I Fagiolini, The Tallis Scholars, Alamire, Resurgam, The Marian Consort, Westminster Cathedral Choir, and is a regular at major festivals. As of October 2022 ECSE is also Ensemble in Residence at Holy Sepulchre, London, the National Musicians' Church. Click here for more information.
ECSE is in demand as a recording ensemble, contributing to Gramophone Award-winning discs such as The Spy's Choirbook (Obsidian) in 2015, and the monumental Striggio mass in 40 parts Missa ecco si beato giorno with I Fagiolini (which scooped the Gramophone Award for Early Music 2011 and also the Diapason d'Or). ECSE celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2018 with a solo CD on the Resonus label entitled Music for Windy Instruments: sounds from the Court of James I.
2023 is the ensemble’s 30th anniversary year. Highlights have included concerts and a recording with the Irish vocal ensemble Resurgam (due for release on Resonus this Autumn), plus ensemble recitals in Edinburgh and York. We have once again participated in the NCEM/BBC Radio3 Young Composer Award, culminating in a performance of a brand new recital programme entitled La Spagna! at Manchester's Stoller Hall on Thursday 9th November. An celebration not to be missed. Tickets can be booked here.