Founded by cellist Dietrich Bethge in 1998 from London's leading musicians, London Octave aims to approach the baroque and classical repertoire in a fresh and vital manner, often without a conductor, but principally for the players’ own enjoyment and the enjoyment of the audience.
The Medici Choir return to the Festival for this musical feast at St Martin's. Michael Cayton conducts with orchestral accompaniment provided by the festival's resident orchestra, the Brandenburg Sinfonia.
The Thames Chamber Orchestra was formed by Michael Dobson in 1962 to take part in a series of concerts in the 14th century Parish Church at Kingston-upon-Thames. The orchestra soon became widely known through its many BBC broadcasts both from the studio and from its public concerts.