Formed in 2016, Ensemble Grand Siècle brings together a group of musicians passionate about the authentic performance of music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Grand Siècle operates as a collective and is the result of a collaboration between five core musicians: Beth Stone (Historical Flutes), Abel Balazs (Historical Violin), Sarah Small (Viola da Gamba), Aidan Phillips (Harpsichord) and Madeline Claire de Berrié (Mezzo-Soprano). Grand Siècle expands with guest artists for each programme, allowing for flexibility in repertoire choices. We all love to collaborate with other musicians.
The members of the Grand Siècle largely met during their studies in the historical performance department of the Royal College of Music where they developed a love of playing early chamber music together. Madeline Claire de Berrié joined in 2018 after a discovery of a shared love of the French Airs de Cour.
Aside from their music making, many members of the ensemble also share a dedication to historical performance research, with Luke making his own authentic gut strings according to historical methods of manufacture, for the labels Real Guts and Northern Renaissance Instruments as well as doing his own independent research.
The passion for well-informed performance and respect for the integrity of primary sources, along with a shared musical understanding, brought Grand Siècle together. In their musical collaboration, Grand Siècle present programmes which are dramatic, thematic and include hidden treasures of the music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.