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Ceruleo

Period(s) Baroque
Biography

Taking communication, collaboration and experimentation as the basis to grow as a group, Ceruleo create dramatic programmes using spoken text alongside music for two sopranos and continuo. Every member of the group performs as a soloist, and Ceruleo use all available combinations of instruments and voices to create innovative and captivating performances. They aim to engage their audiences without the need for lengthy programme notes and translations, making them a very environmentally friendly ensemble!
 
Ceruleo formed in November 2014 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and made their debut at the Barbican Centre, London thanks to the Institute of Musical Research. They were Brighton Early Music Festival's Early Music Live! scheme participants for 2015/16, which saw them appear as part of the Brighton Early Music Festival 2015 alongside leading Educational Workshops in local schools. Ceruleo have performed their 'Passion and Seduction' programme in the London Festival of Baroque Music at St John's Smith Square, in the Antiqua 2016 series in Accademia del Ricercare, Italy and as part of the Oudemusiek Fringe Festival, Utrecht.
 
Ceruleo gave several performances of their 'Deplorable Fire' programme commemorating the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London during Autumn 2016. Venues included Fenton House, St Martin-in-the-Fields and St Olave's, Hart Street. They also collaborated with the Museum of London, giving concerts and workshops in their 'Fire! Fire!' exhibition as well as performing live on BBC Radio 3's 'In Tune'.
 
Ceruleo were delighted to be Artist Fellows at The Guildhall School for 2016/17. Recent performance highlights include concerts for the City Music Society in February 2017, the London Handel Festival in March and at St Peter's Wallingford in May as part of the Brighton Early Music Festival Promoters Scheme. In July 2017, Ceruleo premiered 'Rival Queens'; an immersive operatic experience at Handel and Hendrix in London, in collaboration with stage director Thomas Guthrie.
 
Future plans include a performance of 'Betrayal' in the Kingston Chamber Concerts series in September, as well as a return to Fenton House with 'Paradise Lost'. They will also bring 'Paradise Lost' to the Folkestone Literature Festival in November 2017 and reprise 'Rival Queen's' in 2018 for Handel and Hendrix in London.

Sample programme

Main contact name
Emily Owen

Postal address
19 May House, 3 Thomas Fyre Drive, London, E3 2ZF

Members Names
Emily Owen, Jenni Harper, Satoko Doi-Luck, Toby Carr, Kate Conway (Sopranos, Harpsichord, Theorbo, Viola da Gamba)

Telephone Number
07885 851352

Email address
ceruleoensemble@gmail.com

Website address
http://www.ceruleo.co.uk