The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble is a virtuoso period instrument ensemble at the forefront of the early music scene. Since its formation in 1993, ECSE has performed at many major music festivals in the UK including The Bath International Festival, York Early Music Festival, Dartington International Summer School, and the Three Choirs Festival, and has given sell-out recitals at London’s Wigmore Hall, St John’s Smith Square and the Purcell Room.
Highlights of ECSE’s recent performance history include a memorable recital with Cantus Cölln of music from Monteverdi's Selva Morale, in celebration of the re-opening of the gothic cathedral in Trier, in 2011, their BBC Proms Debut at the Royal Albert Hall, for 1612 Italian Vespers with I Fagiolini in 2012, and a tour with the same group performing Striggio’s Mass in 40 Parts. ECSE has been involved in many memorable recordings, including A Hanseatic Festival (2004); Flower Of Cities All (2008) with music from Shakespeare's London; a world premiere of Francesco Scarlatti’s Miserere with Emma Kirkby; 1612 Italian Vespers with I Fagiolini (Decca); and the world premiere recording of the momentous Striggio’s Mass in 40 Parts, again with I Fagiolini, which scooped both the Gramophone Award for Early Music and a Diapason d'Or.
ECSE’s members also perform individually with some of the world's leading period instrument groups and they can also often be seen performing at London’s gloriously reconstructed Globe Theatre