Early music and home-made food.

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It's an experience of early music with a difference. We invite you to join us on a journey of discovery of music hundreds of years old, some rarely hear and some vaguely familiar perhaps. But it’s all fresh, honest and on the edge of the possibilities. Every concert is carefully curated and carries a story of it’s own: musicians are hand-picked, as is the food menu for each concert…food plays a very important role!  We cook real home-made meals for all our musicians and we make it available our audiences as well. Our home is in an active church who are very much a part of the festival, and help us realise our feastival of early music and food. 

Zelenka Pass

Three concert pass Bring this ticket to your first concert and you will recieve a Zelenka Pass where you can choose two more concerts

  • £25

Bach Pass

Access all concerts Bring this pass to your first concert and you will recieve a special pass for the other concerts

  • £65

Student Offer

Students with an NUS card or university card can attend any concert during the festival for only £5! Please note we are not selling online tickets for this promotion, you will need to buy tickets on the door with your student ID. 

Heath Street Baptist Church

84 Heath Street




Only 2 mins walk from Hampstead Northern Line Station!

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We are a period-instrument collective and the house band for baroquestock.

We are musically open-minded, meaning we don’t restrict ourselves to one point in time or genre, but play music that we love and are curious about. We refer to these curiosities as little things in odd shapes.

When not performing with Istante, the ensemble’s individual members appear internationally with prestigious ensembles including the the English Baroque Soloists/Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Academy of Ancient Music, Europa Galante, Concerto Italiano, Philharmonia Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra.

Since forming in 2016, the ensemble has performed in a range of venues in the UK and abroad, including the Newbury Festival, St Stephen’s Festival of the Arts in London and Classica Aurora series in Arezzo (Italy), and was selected for the Brighton Early Music Festival Live! Scheme in 2017.

In our first two years as the IstanteCollective we have spent a significant amount of time exploring repertoire for unusual combinations of instruments by lesser-known composers, and our first CD is the result of that journey. The music we have chosen for this project is all related to the 18th-Century concept of the Divertimento, in the true Italian meaning of the word. This was still a time when this kind of composition was considered "inferior" to the opera or the symphony, but curiously, in the case of Michael Haydn and Boccherini, it seems to allow space for greater freedom in terms of structure, scoring, and mood. Here the Divertimento remains a "balanced" conversation beetwen elegant people; each passing tempest of love lasts no more than two bars and might continue to be experienced inwardly by one of the players while the others are already in the pub drinking! At the same time, this "safe"and "controlled" context allows space for some eccentric secrets and innovative ideas which unfortunately the Romantic era, sometimes, seems to have forgotten. Lightness, which doesn't mean meaningless, seems here to be the answer to most of the problems.

As far as we know, these will be the first historically informed commercial recordings of these pieces.

L. Boccherini: Quintet Op.55 n.6 G436 for oboe, 2 violins, viola and cello

L. Boccherini: Sextet Op. 42 n.2 G467 for violin, viola, violone, oboe, horn and bassoon

M. Haydn: Divertimento MH199 for violin, viola, violone, oboe, bassoon

M. Haydn: Divertimento MH518 for viola, violone, oboe, 2 horns and bassoon.

ISTANTEcollective on classical instruments:

Beatrice Scaldini, Christiane Eidsten-Dahl: violin

Elitsa Bogdanova, Jordan Bowron, Emma Alter: viola

Kate Conway: cello

John-Henry Baker: double bass

Nicola Barbagli: oboe

Hayley Pullen: bassoon

Ursula Paludan Monberg, David Horwich: natural horn

Sound engineer: John-Henry Baker

Producer: Joseph Davies

We are very excited that our CD will be published by Novantiqua Records as part of their "Tuscania" series.

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Parking is very limited in Hampstead and difficult to find and so we advise to use public transport wherever possible.

However it is possible to park in the following bays:

Pay & Display CA-H zone parking bays after 6pm Monday - Saturday (No restrictions on Sundays)

Residential CA-H zone parking bays after 8pm Monday - Saturday (No restrictions on Sundays)

5-10 mins walk, on West Heath Road you can parking in any CA-S zone parking bays after 2.30pm Monday - Friday (No restrictions Saturdays or Sundays)

Map of parking restrictions in Camden

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