The group took the name Florilegium from the term used by German composer, Georg Muffat (1653-1704), in his treatise on the Art of String Playing (1695). This treatise discusses the difference, at that time, between the French and Italian styles of playing. The literal translation of Florilegium is ‘a flourishing’. In 2016 they celebrated their 25th anniversary.
Regular performances in some of the world’s most prestigious venues have confirmed Florilegium’s status as one of Britain’s most outstanding period instrument ensembles. Since their formation they have established a reputation for stylish and exciting interpretations, from intimate chamber works to large-scale orchestral and choral repertoire. Florilegium regularly collaborate with some of the world’s finest musicians including Dame Emma Kirkby, Robin Blaze and Elin Manahan Thomas.
Handel: Concerto Grosso Op 3 No 3
Vivaldi: La Follia
Bach: Orchestral Suite No 2
Pergolesi: Flute Concerto
Rameau: Piece de Clavecin en concert
Corrette: Concerto comiques ‘Les Sauvages’