Ensemble Molière

Saturday 16 March 2024, 7.30pm

Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul
Tonbridge, TN9 1DA


‘The King’s Playlist’

Ensemble Molière presents a soundtrack of music dedicated to every moment of King Louis XIV’s day, by some of the leading French Baroque composers.

Imagine you’re walking in the shoes of the Sun King. What better way to wake up than to the Ouverture from Charpentier’s Les arts florissants? Then, soak up extracts from Lully’s Phaëton as the sun rises, a little Couperin as one goes about daily business, a Symphonies pour les Soupers du Roy by Delalande to accompany supper, dance music from the Ballet Royal de la Nuit and a suite to dream to from Marais’ Trios pour le coucher du Roy.

BBC Radio 3 New Generation Baroque Ensemble

Ensemble Molière are clearly totally absorbed into the French Baroque style of performing, their eloquent playing revealing the sensitivities and bon goût that the genre demands.” (Andrew Benson-Wilson, Early Music Reviews)


Standard ticket £20  | Students & Under 18s £5
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult


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About Ensemble Molière

Flute: Flavie Hirte 
Violin: Alice Earll 
Bassoon: Catriona McDermid 
Viola da gamba: Kate Conway 
Harpsichord: Satako Doi-Luck

Ensemble Molière has gained a reputation as an established early music ensemble. Their unique combination of instruments provides memorable and creative programmes from the repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries, all performed on historical instruments.

Ensemble Molière has been selected as the first-ever Radio 3 New Generation Baroque Ensemble for two years from October 2021, a new scheme run in partnership by BBC Radio 3, the National Centre for Early Music and the Royal College of Music.

As finalists at the York Early Music International Young Artists Competition and Future Baroque Artists at the London Festival of Baroque Music, they have given concerts throughout the UK and Europe, including the MAfestival fringe in Brugge and the Oudemuziek Fringe Festival in Utrecht.

The ensemble has also premiered a cross-arts opera project, Pygmalion, part-funded by Arts Council England and supported by Stroud Green Festival and BREMF. Ensemble Molière has been invited to perform live on BBC3 In Tune on several occasions.

To celebrate the 400th anniversary of French playwright and actor Molière, the ensemble has joined forces with two clowns to create a new music theatre show, which is an exploration of Molière’s world through his words and the music of his time. The show’s London premiere took place in July 2022 and was also performed at the York Early Music Christmas Festival in December.