Since being finalist in the York Early Music Network Competition, the Sweelinck Ensemble, founded and directed by Martin Knizia, have established themselves as one of the most exciting period instrument ensembles. Having performed at many major venues, such as St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. James’s Piccadilly, the Brompton Oratory and, repeatedly, the London Bach Festival, the group has also been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, and throughout Europe on Euroclassic Notturno. One of the few live performances during the BBC’s Bach Christmas was a Bach Vespers at St. Anne’s with advent cantatas, performed by the Sweelinck Ensemble. The ensemble has provided the accompaniment to many oratorio performances for well-known choirs and choral societies, including the New Cambridge Singers, Canterbury Cathedral and Eclectic Voices.
The Sweelinck Ensemble is known for their innovative programming, combining well-established works with masterworks that are less well known. The ensemble is ‘ensemble in residence’ at St. Anne’s Lutheran Church, London, where they perform during the monthly Bach Vespers that take place there, as well as during the annual St. Anne’s Bach Festival, all now held at St Mary-at-Hill.