The Early Music Ensembles (directed by Frauke Jürgensen) perform Renaissance and Baroque music on period instruments, using historically informed performance techniques. This year, we will offer a string ensemble, small vocal ensembles, figured bass for keyboard players, and a recorder consort (Cantores ad Portam). We don’t expect you to have played the historical instrument before, but you should be competent on its modern equivalent. We are planning to have an ensemble concert in March 2022, and will also be preparing for our opera project (Francesca Caccini’s La liberazione di Ruggiero dall’ Isola di Alcina), which will take place in July 2022. We’ll need lots of volunteers for that, so get in touch if you’re interested!

Rehearsals and how to join: There will be a “come and try” string session. Rehearsals proper will begin on Tuesday, 12 October. Please register your interest by emailing Frauke at f.jurgensen@abdn.ac.uk, and search for the “Early Music at the University of Aberdeen” Facebook page!

At the moment (times and room bookings to be confirmed):
• Recorders will meet Tuesdays, 4pm-5pm
• Strings will meet Tuesdays, 5pm-6pm
• Singers will meet Tuesdays, 5pm-6pm
• Figured bass players will be assigned to singers and/or strings on Tuesdays, but will also meet on Tuesdays for 30 minutes (6pm-6.30pm, or 6.30pm-7pm) for Continuo Class.