Steintor Barock Bremen was founded in Bremen in 1986, and very soon thereafter church musicians in Bremen and throughout Northern Germany expressed great interest in working together with the ensemble. The ensemble took on orchestral dimensions and ever since has been a regular feature on the musical performance schedule in almost all the larger worshiping communities in Bremen, Northern German, and cities in other areas of Germany.
Specialists who play historical wind instruments welcome opportunities to perform with Steintor Barock, where they meet with homogeneous ensemble of string musicians, most of whom received their training at the Academy of Early Music in Bremen. Even though they are now dispersed throughout Germany, Holland, France, and other countries, the core members of the orchestra still come together for regular practice and common projects in Bremen.
The repertoire of the orchestra embraces Bachís major oratorios and passions, oratorios by George Frideric Handel, Monteverdiís Vespero della Beata Vergine, as well as classical works like the C minor Mass and Requiem of Mozart. The special interest of the musicians, however, focuses on rarely performed works. Programs of recent years have included works by Michael Praetorius, Monteclair, Campra, Carissime, Charpentier, and others. Live radio broadcasts and the first recording of the apocryphal Bach cantatas have made the ensemble known to larger listening audiences.