Thank you for visiting the website of Concert des Amis, an exciting new ensemble which aims to recapture the spontaneous, exciting and occasionally subversive atmosphere of baroque music for the audience of the 21st century. If you love baroque music but feel stifled by the strict etiquette of classical concerts, this is the group for you! More like a band than an orchestra, Concert des Amis is just what the name says, a "concert of friends", where top-level musicianship and plain unadulterated fun meet to produce entertaining, astounding and emotional performances, whether in the concert hall, church, café or pub! Mostly we play by memory, and our repertoire spans the early baroque to late baroque chamber music with occasional sidebars into Scottish and Irish traditional music.
Our concerts have a lot of of interaction with the audience and very little in the way of rules: Applaud when you want, laugh, wave and generally behave like any eighteenth-century audience would have done!
Update in 2020: The worldwide pandemic has called a halt to concert performances everywhere, but we will return as soon as possible! Stay safe everyone!
Brian Berryman, flutes and artistic direction
Catherine Aglibut, Violin
Henriette Otto, Violin
Bettina Ihrig, Viola
Christoph Harer, Violoncello
Avinoam Shalev, harpsichord