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Our curated collection of essays on all aspects of early music and historically-informed performance, insights into innovation, and new composition for early instruments.

Sarah Jeffery
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Sarah Jeffery

Continuo Connect meets Sarah Jeffery, recorder superstar and founder of YouTube sensation Team Recorder.

Roxanna Panufnik: Officially Kooky
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Roxanna Panufnik: Officially Kooky

Composer Roxanna Panufnik explains how several recent commissions for prominent early music specialists seek to evoke and shed light on the past.

On A Personal Note
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On A Personal Note

Violinist Jane Gordon shares her thoughts about her relationship with historical performances and the ‘new' sound world centred around the fortepiano.

London International Festival of Early Music - Online Concerts
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London International Festival of Early Music - Online Concerts

Re-live LIFEM 2023's highlights: with performances from Erik Bosgraaf & the Wrocław Baroque Orchestra's, Jane Chapman and The OAE Experience Scheme Ensemble.

Meet the family
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Meet the family

Finn Collinson, the Recorder Specialist at The Early Music Shop introduces the recorder family, highlighting their role in shaping early music.

Sir Roger Norrington
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Sir Roger Norrington

A landmark interview with one of the leading pioneers of early music, the conductor Sir Roger Norrington.

Musick in Manchester
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Musick in Manchester

The story of Manchester Baroque's reconstruction of Manchester's first public concerts in 1744-45, presented by Dr Pauline Nobes.

Baroque X Jazz: reimagining the trio sonata
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Baroque X Jazz: reimagining the trio sonata

Liturina’s work with jazz musician and composer Jonny Mansfield forges a new path for historical performance through genre crossover.

From Library to Stage
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From Library to Stage

Dr Pauline Nobes shares some of the detective work involved with Manchester Baroque's ‘Musick’ in Manchester 1744/45 programme

The Battle of the Organs
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The Battle of the Organs

“Celestial Music did the Gods Inspire” brings to life the extraordinary story of the Battle of the Organs.

Reaching back and looking forward
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Reaching back and looking forward

Composer James Batty and his ensemble The Picardy Players are picking up where Italian musicians of the past left off - and exploring Renaissance microtonality.

How African Musicians Came to Medieval and Renaissance Europe
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How African Musicians Came to Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Ted Gioia tells how an African trumpeter ended up in Tudor England - and how Western music has always been multicultural.

The story of the love:Handel festival
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The story of the love:Handel festival

The story of the love:Handel festival, as told to Continuo Connect by Brook Street Band founder Tatty Theo.

The mystery of Bach’s “unicorn”
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The mystery of Bach’s “unicorn”

A good mystery always intrigues - and when the mystery is set for us by none other than Johann Sebastian Bach, who can resist?

First Encounters
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First Encounters

First Encounters - musical journeys between Europe and Asia from the dawn of the global world, by Yeo Yat-Soon, founder and director of Divertissements Chinois.

Bach, Handel, and a Greek hero's choice
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Bach, Handel, and a Greek hero's choice

Listening to the Christmas Oratorio’s sublime lullaby for the infant Christ, 'Schlafe mein Liebster’, you might be surprised to discover the music's origins...

Graft, galleries, and genre-busting: the endless possibilities of the recorder
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Graft, galleries, and genre-busting: the endless possibilities of the recorder

What do the Mandalorian and the Beatles have in common? Recorder player Heidi Fardell will tell you, and more, as she writes about her life and career in music.

Discovering Baroque treasures with Will Russell and Spiritato
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Discovering Baroque treasures with Will Russell and Spiritato

Will Russell, founder of Spiritato and champion of less well-known Baroque music, shares insights into their musical adventures and discoveries.