Psalmody is the resident chamber choir of the Festival and is regularly accompanied by Essex Baroque Orchestra or smaller ensembles derived from it.  Its members are drawn from the best choral singers in East Anglia and further afield.

Essex Baroque Orchestra

Essex Baroque Orchestra is the resident orchestra of the Festival and is one of the most accomplished semi-professional period-instrument orchestras.  It normally uses Baroque instruments, but changes to Classical instruments for late eighteenth-century music.


Over the years the Festival has been pleased to welcome many distinguished soloists from the early music world in Britain and abroad.

visiting ensembles

Several concerts a year are given by eminent early music ensembles as part of the August Festival and the Winter & Spring Concert Series.