Ensemble Schirokko Hamburg Gbr
Hamburg, Germany / Period instrument orchestra spanning early baroque to late romantic music
Ensemble Schirokko Hamburg GbR
When Sirocco, the hot desert wind, makes its way to distant north German realms, crossing borders and coasts, it carries a Mediterranean temperament to meet a northern melancholy, caressingly warm where usually only the stiff, Hanseatic breeze blows, adding an aroma of foreign spice to coastal fog.
Its musical incarnation is to be found in Ensemble Schirokko Hamburg: formed in 2007, it is put together of musicians who have studied early music at some of the foremost international music colleges Trossingen, Bremen, Würzburg, Stockholm, London and Amsterdam. Under the leadership of the violinist Rachel Harris the ensemble combines accomplished performances on historical instruments or their copies with stylistically aware, spirited interpretations.
They have been able to fan their musical fire in concerts at e.g. the Rheingau Musikfestival, Festival TON:Arten Sasbachwalden and at the Weserbergland Musikfestival, as well as numerous performances throughout the north of Germany.
The fire continues to blaze on their previously released CDs “The Division Violin” (2008), “Schirokkos Seereisen” (2009), “Schirokkos Telemann” (2010), and “Le Monde Parisien” (2014), all produced by ambitus. The ensemble varies in size according to the ingenious collages of our various motto programmes, from chamber music size to fully sized baroque orchestra.
As from 2016, the ensemble has been regularly promoted by the Hamburg cultural authority in its co-productions with the Rheinische Kantorei.