The Herschel Ensemble formed in 2008 whilst studying at the Royal College of Music and have collectively performed throughout Europe including Germany, Italy, Austria, Russia
and Spain. Founding member Sophia Russell began researching William Herschel as part of her studies and became fascinated by Herschel’s life and work. Although well known for his scientific achievements Herschel is less known for his accomplishments as a composer.
The ensemble work closely with the Herschel Society to promote his music by bringing it to a wider audience. We play on period instruments and our principle players are 2 violinists, harpsichord and cello. We expand to suite different repertoire and regularly work with other musicians and singers. Our repertoire covers the entire baroque period through to early classical. As Herschel was both a scientist and musician we try to link the two spheres where possible with programming and speakers.
We are currently recording the first ever complete set of Herschel’s 9 trio sonatas with the generous support of The Herschel Society. The CD will be ready for release in 2013.