The innovative Scroll ensemble is becoming well known for its exciting and inventive approach to performing early music. It performs from memory, and incorporates historical improvisation into its performances, which leads to an immediacy of communication, both within the ensemble and with the audience.
The ensemble looks beyond the borders of convention at the same time as remaining strongly rooted in historical performance practice. It collaborates with dancers and theatre, creates performances involving text and narrative such as Songs of Innocence, and plays with musicians from other musical worlds such as composer/improviser Guus Janssen and Medieval specialist Rebecca Stewart. It is active in education projects, researches methods of learning and teaching improvisation, and ensemble member Robert de Bree started to teach an improvisation course at the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague.
The ensemble performs in venues such as Leipzig Improvisation Festival, Bimhuis, Orgelpark, Huis te Poort, and Slotkapel Egmond. It was selected for the ORDA Showcase 2012 Amsterdam, which was broadcast on Dutch national radio. In 2010 the ensemble was invited to take part in a performance with Christina Pluhar, during a conference of the European Association of Conservatoires. Individual members of the ensemble work with eminent performers of the Early Music field, such as Richard Egarr, Ton Koopman, Christina Pluhar, Marcel Perez and Simon Standage, and have been successful in competitions such as Prinses Christina, Telemann Wettbewerb, and Musica Antiqua Brussels.
More information and sound samples here:
The Scroll Ensemble Website
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