Istante is an exciting period-instrument collective committed to reaching out to new audiences and connecting to local communities through innovative concert experiences. Its performances, often held in an informal setting, aim to accompany audiences on an enriching journey by exploring historical and narrative threads linking familiar repertoire and lesser-known works.
Its individual members perform internationally with prestigious ensembles including the the English Baroque Soloists/Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Europa Galante, Concerto Italiano, Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra.
Istante is representative of a new generation of period-instrument performers who are committed to exploring historical performance across a wide range of historical periods, bringing a stylistic and expressive richness to their performances through the international breadth of their musical experience. Its structure as a collective allows for flexible and diverse programme combinations, with a core chamber ensemble expanding to a full-scale orchestral setup when required.
Since its formation in 2016, the ensemble has performed Baroque, Classical and Romantic programmes in a range of venues in the UK and abroad, including the St Stephen’s Festival of the Arts in London and Classica Aurora series in Arezzo (Italy), and has recently been selected for the Brighton Early Music Festival Live! Scheme.
Istante is ensemble in residence at Heath Street Baptist Church, Hampstead where it hosts the annual Baroquestock Festival, featuring an entire week of historical performance, folk music and community projects with the participation of guest artists, as well as our own resident chef!