"The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble's playing is characteristically nimble yet has gravitas"
International Record Review

Many thanks to you all for your brilliant playing in the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610. I was deeply impressed by your skills, energy and infectious enthusiasm in every department, and thoroughly enjoyed singing with you. All power to the group in future projects!"
Emma Kirkby

" … The cornetts and sackbuts of the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble went on to amaze with their smooth mastery of fickle instruments."
Early Music Network Showcase. Peter Grahame Woolf

" …the fabulous English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble would have made Monteverdi proud with their skill and sensitivity."
Toronto Star
" … this group plays with ease and a superb blend of tones… a winning collection”
"Accendo CD awarded 5 stars ***** "

"One of my most joyous collaborations in recent years has been with Adrian France and the wonderful English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble...
The band's playing was utterly virtuosic coupled with a freshness and enthusiasm as if the music had just been written...
If you ever get the chance to work with this wonderful group of musicians, grab it with both hands."
David Temple – Conductor, Crouch End Festival Chorus


Flower Of Cities All
[CD - Deux Elles]
"The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble has been around since 1993, and has established itself as one of the most respected specialists in this musical field, and in brass instruments of the period in particular."

"these are recordings and performances of impeccable pedigree."

"For those interested in historical performance of this period this is an admirable and highly enjoyable collection."
Dominy Clements - Music Web International
"One of the Classical CDs of the week"
"expressive lute songs make an excellent foil to the wind ensemble's richness"
"some delightfully light-footed pieces"
Elizabeth Roche - Daily Telegraph

"a thoroughly enjoyable concert"
"it was an engaging and sparkling performance"
Lakeside Arts Centre

"both tears and good cheer had their place in this concert"
"ECSE blended gorgeously in this fanfare for a golden age"
Peter Palmer. Nottingham Evening Post


Monteverdi Vespers
[CD - Signum Records]
"…this terrific double CD of Monteverdi’s Vespers…"
"…the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble add a princely lustre to the worship..."
"…Four Stars ****…"
Rick Jones – The Times

"...Four Stars****..."
British Music Magazine
"The sound of choir and ensemble massed together is altogether pleasing, and the playing of the Southern Sinfonia is arguably this set's greatest strength"
Gramophone Magazine

"…Four Stars****…"
Classic FM Magazine


Scarlatti, Dixit Dominus
[CD - Deux Elles]
"hailed as a vocal highlight"
Gramophone Magazine

"ECSE play with animation and gusto"
"a rather surprising and exceptional disc"
"containing some delightful music"
"Emma Kirkby is, as would be expected, excellent"
"a revelation of a disc"
Em Marshall – Musicweb International
"… Fasinating disc.."
"… Lively stylish performance.."
"… Frequent moments of awestruck wonder.."
"… Some truly ravishing music.."
"… Four Stars (****)"
Barry Millington - London Evening Standard

"… a revelation.........quite stunning"


sackbut 05
[CD - Deux Elles]
"***** 5 stars"

"the sound, recorded in a London Church, is exemplary”
"… played with disarming ease...the ensemble lifts this music to an intensely expressive level with taut intonation throughout and thoughtful ebb and flow of contrapuntal lines"
(This recording was awarded a maximum '5 stars' for both performance and sound)
George Pratt - BBC Music Magazine
"This is a beautiful disc. The cornetts and sackbuts blend beautifully to create a warm sound. They play with impeccable intonation and a fine sense of ensemble...I would heartily recommend this recording."
Hazel Brooks, The Consort

" … this group plays with ease and a superb blend of tones… a winning collection"
(awarded ***** stars)


The Madrigal in Venice
[CD - Chaconne]
"… the combination of voices and instruments is brilliantly transferred to the madrigal."
"… this recording plugs the Italian madrigal with music of fabulous richness."
"… this is quite simply one of the most enthralling madrigal anthologies on the market."
Simon Heighs - International Record Review

"…Three Stars ***…"
Penguin Guide
"Anyone who is smitten with the musical traditions of this most fasinating of all cities, should not hesitate to buy this record"
Iain Fenlon - Gramophone Magazine

"Wonderful stuff!"
" ***** - 5 Star award"
Andrew Stuart - Classic FM Magazine


St John's, Smith Square

"...sackbuts provided a wonderfully sonorous and lyrical foundation...cornettists excelled at moulding the melodic line and adding unobtrusive ornamentation...an excellent concert by an impressive group"
Early Music Review

Monteverdi Vespers in Edinburgh and Aberdeen

"The whole ensemble seemed to float like those gravity-defying consorts of angels one sees in medieval religious paintings·their combined impact was like a cast of thousands"
The Scotsman
Monteverdi Vespers
in Grace Church on-the-Hill, Toronto

"Toronto's Exultate singers ... joined by the period-instrument Aradia Ensemble and the fabulous English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble...would have made Monteverdi proud with their skill and sensitivity"
Toronto Star