About

The group started in the early 1990s as an offshoot of the Bedworth Orchestra to enable a small number of good players to have a quality playing experience in a different style from the orchestra’s repertoire. Pieces practised were then performed in the orchestral concerts to an unsuspecting public. Using skills acquired at the Winchester and Oxford Baroque weeks along with visiting expert tutors, the group gradually became North Warwickshire Baroque and attracted players from further afield. Regular concerts were started around the Nuneaton area and a pattern of monthly rehearsals was established. A change of address in 2000 for director Eddie Jones to the centre of Warwickshire meant that contact was now possible with players from south of the county as well. The decision was taken to move the rehearsal base to the Wolston/Ryton area, and drop the “North” from the group name to reflect the member base more accurately.

Since 2016, Warwickshire Baroque has been directed by Michael Williamson and has continued to give 3 or 4 concerts a year in Warwickshire, Leicestershire (Oakthhorpe Methodist Church & St. John Moore Primary School Appleby Magna), Derbyshire (Haddon Hall) and Coventry (Holy Trinity Church). In 2019 it performed at The Saloon, Stoneleigh Abbey and since then it has been granted the status of Orchestra in Residence at Stoneleigh Abbey.

In addition to leading Warwickshire Baroque, Michael Williamson directs NORVIS Baroque as part of the Early Music Summer School in County Durham where he is the Baroque Strings Tutor. He is also a member of Devon Baroque and Artavian Baroque in north Devon.