Ars Eloquentiae (the art of eloquence) is fast establishing a reputation as a versatile and vibrant ensemble specialising in period performance. Formed in 2012, its members are drawn from the highest ranks of London’s young professional musicians, who individually perform with many of the world’s most highly-renowned early-music ensembles. Collectively, they explore a wide-ranging repertoire, excelling in both the performance of virtuosic chamber music and also in large scale cantatas and oratorios.
Ars Eloquentiae enjoys a residency and sponsorship from the historic church of St. Anne’s, Kew Green. The ensemble has performed three successful seasons of concerts since 2012, establishing a loyal following in the west of London. The ensemble frequently contributes to the liturgical life of the church, enhancing special services with a number of cantata performances - a particular highlight included the UK première of Johann David Heinichen’s Requiem for All Souls’ Day Mass.
The ensemble enjoys a diverse life away from the concert platform. In 2014, Ars Eloquentiae has been undertaking a joint project with the University of Cambridge, researching and recording Parisian street songs from the 17th Century. Their commitment to research and education has led to links with various institutions, most recently Bedford School, where they conducted a day of workshops, rehearsals and performances with the pupils.
Ars Eloquentiae has developed strong links with a number of rising stars in the operatic world, including several past prize-winners of the London Handel Singing Competition and, more recently with Christina Gansch, the winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Competition 2014. With Christina, Ars Eloquentiae has performed at Vienna’s Resonanzen festival and at the Göttingen Händel-Festspiele, where they delivered the world-première of their one-woman pasticcio opera ‘Handel the Spy’. This was written to coincide with the tercentenary of the Hanoverian succession. Other festival engagements in the past few years have included annual performances at London Handel Festival and Clifton International Festival.
In 2014, Ars Eloquentiae was invited by the Hogarth Society to spearhead celebrations for the artist’s 250th anniversary with selections from The Beggar’s Opera. Recent performances in the world of theatre include a performance of Gluck’s Orphée et Eurydice in 2015 at St. Andrew’s University.