Our passion, to bring stunning music, played well to everyone, simple and approachable.
We're not a group who believes in gimmicks nor do we believe that our concerts are exclusively for the elite. We put a particular emphasis on communication both with each other and with our audience. It’s this that gives us a special freedom of expression in our performances.
Conceived during a highly successful year of touring throughout Europe, with the European Union Baroque Orchestra, the 27 members were driven by their enjoyment of playing together and the wonderful musical experiences they shared to create a new orchestra. NCB is made up of the new generation of period performers, from 11 different countries across Europe, bringing together a diversity of cultures, experiences and musical ideas. The result of which creates an ensemble with a very special sound, one of vitality and vibrancy.
NCB gave its very successful launch concert in May 2010 to a packed hall in Newbury and have since performed with soprano Gemma Bertagnolli in South Tirol and with harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani at the Piccola Accademia di Montisi, Italy. NCB’s recording of Haydn’s Nelson Mass with New College Choir, Oxford and Edward Higginbottom was released on the Novum Label in 2012. The group was selected as young ensemble in residence at the Centre Culturel D’Ambronay, France 2011 and gave its debut concert at the prestigious festival that year. In 2012, NCB was again invited to be Ensemble in Residence at Ambronay, and in 2013 released its recording of Mozart's Requiem and Clarinet Concerto for Ambronay Editions, with Leonardo García Alarcón, soloist Benjamin Dieltjens, and the Chamber Choir Namur. NCB also gave their debut performance in the 1st Valetta International Baroque festival, Malta in January 2013 to great critical acclaim.
Collectively the members have worked with some of Europe’s finest Baroque musicians and orchestras, in some of Europe’s most renowned venues and festivals. The group looks forward to continuing the musical journeys together, and to share our passion for Baroque music with audiences of all ages.