HMSC's 35th Birthday Concert (St John's Smith Square, Fri 27 Oct)


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His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts’ 35th Birthday

World-leading, pioneering British historic brass ensemble celebrates 35 years

HMSC, founded in 1982, marks its 35th birthday this year with a special concert at St John’s Smith Square, London.

The performance at 7.30pm on Friday 27 October also features globally acclaimed tenor Charles Daniels, baritone Ben Davies (The Sixteen) and concert organist William Whitehead in a programme showcasing early 17th-century Italian music by Giovanni Gabrieli, Giovanni Battista Grillo, Gioseffo Guami and Giovanni Picchi. ‘Fabulous sonority coupled to great variety will be on offer here, plus a unique celebration of the group’s 35 year history’ said cornettist and founder member Jeremy West.

Jeremy reveals that ‘from the inside, His Majestys feels rather like a club with very restricted membership – not always comfortable or cosy but ever supportive, close, challenging and rewarding. We are very excited to have reached 35 years of age and never in better shape’.

The St John’s Smith Square webpage of the event contains additional information:

His Majestys Sagbutts & Cornetts is an internationally renowned group consisting of the UK's premier virtuoso cornett and sackbut players. The ensemble specialises in historically informed performances of Renaissance and Baroque music.

HMSC has performed in more than 30 countries from Perth Scotland to Perth Australia via London, Paris and New York, Venice, Pompeii, Athens, Tel Aviv, Hong Kong and Taiwan, to name but a few. HMSC has also notably played for the ‘Two Ronnies’ on BBC TV, the BBC Proms, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington and at the Sydney Opera House.

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