Sherborne Early Music was created by a collective of friends and like-minded musicians who met whilst studying at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland (a global leader in the study of historical performance practice). Having spent the last decade making their names internationally in the field of early music, cornettist Gawain Glenton, harpist Kirsty Whatley, singer Katharine Hawnt and fidel, viol and recorder player Uri Smilanksy have all settled in the beautiful Dorset town of Sherborne. It is the base from which they work across the UK and Europe, and now a hub for specialist music-teaching, education and performance. You would be hard-pressed to come across a team of more highly specialised, knowledgeable people, living in such beautiful historical surroundings, ready and waiting to pass on their knowledge and expertise.
“for me, it is the exquisite singing of Katharine Hawnt that really sells this ... Singing with perfect intonation and a beautifully clear and direct tone, she brings an impressive emotional depth to Danyel’s touching texts” - Andrew Benson-Wilson in Early Music
"Gawain Glenton’s melancholic virtuoso solo performance of Giovanni Bovicelli’s Diminutions on Angelus ad pastores was a delight" - Steve Crowther, York Press, Dec 2013
"Uri Smilansky on the viola da gamba convince(s) with (a) beautiful sound, as well as a precise, and clean performance." Sal Pichiredd - Codaex Deutschland
"With instrumentalists of the calibre of Kirsty Whatley ... in their midst, the histrionic authority and virtuosity of the Taverner Players are self-evident" Joseph Newsome - voix-des-arts.com