The McGill Baroque Orchestra in Redpath Hall. Photo by Dominick Gravel.
Director: Hank Knox
Participation: Entrance is by audition (see audition schedules). This ensemble is open to music students, and McGill University students from other faculties.
About the McGill Baroque Orchestra
The McGill Baroque Orchestra is one of McGill’s large ensembles. This group of 14 to 20 musicians plays on modern copies of baroque strings and winds and performs orchestral works by Bach, Handel, Corelli, Vivaldi, Telemann, Lully, Rameau, Marais, Purcell, Biber and others. The ensemble frequently joins with the McGill Cappella Antica to perform vocal works by Bach, Charpentier, Monteverdi, Schutz, Carissimi, Handel and others. In collaboration with Opera McGill, the ensemble participates in annual staged productions of Baroque operas which have included Handel’s Cesare, Imeneo, Alcina and Agrippina, Lully’s Thésée, Monteverdi’s Poppea, Rameau’s Pygmalion and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. The group has played in Ottawa, and around Québec.
Graduates have gone on to perform with the Arion Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Caprice, le Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, and other ensembles in Montreal, across Canada and internationally.