Musette, Violin, Recorder
Amanda Babington is a musette player, baroque violinist and recorder player. She has played and recorded with period-instrument ensembles across the UK and Europe as well as chamber ensembles AB24, Four’s Company, and Aberdeen Early Music Collective.
Amanda’s debut solo album, Music for French Kings (Deux-Elles, 2022), was well-received: she was described in the BBC Music Magazine (December 2022) as ‘an accomplished virtuoso who is exploring [the musette’s] extensive repertoire’, and was recently interviewed about her research on the musette for BBC Radio 3’s Early Music Show.
Amanda is Artistic Director of Baroque In The North, Director of the University of Manchester Baroque Orchestra, Lecturer in Academic Studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and Visiting Performance Fellow at Aberdeen University. She has given masterclasses at various universities and conservatoires in the UK, and at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music in Riga, as well as talks at Göttingen International Handel-Festival, The Foundling Museum, London, and Manchester Camerata.
Amanda has published various articles on Handel, and her edition for the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe of Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum and Dettingen Anthem was published by Bärenreiter in 2016. Her book Handel's Messiah: the Creative Process will be published in 2023. She is currently researching musette music played at the Stuart Court in Rome.