Continuum perform a variety of exciting and varied programmes of baroque music for flute, cello and harpsichord on original baroque instruments or accompanying Elizabeth’s beautiful wooden ‘modern’ FMG flute. Described by Peter Woolf in ‘Musical Pointers’, “She plays on a modern flute (Seeley, 1960s) but with every regard to 18 C practice; intimate tone, varied articulation, sparing vibrato and ornamentation”.
They have performed together in festivals such as the Totnes Early Music Festival (2010) and the Chichester Music Festival (2011) and in 2013, have concerts in Somerset, Lincolnshire and at the Handel House museum, London. ‘Continuum’ recently recorded the J.S.Bach Flute Sonatas for the ‘Quartz’ record label and future recordings include the larger scale flute works of J.S.Bach includung Brandenburg no 5, Suite no 2 in B minor and The Musical Offering with guest violinist, Florian Deuter. Their programmes combine a variety of styles and genres and their performances educate as well as enthrall their audiences. They combine their specialist early music expertise and scholarly research with an effortless ability to communicate sparkling live performances and masterclasses.
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‘JS BACH – FLUTE SONATAS’ CD Reviews, 2011 (pdf)
BOXGROVE PRIORY programme ‘Cosmopolitan Baroque’
HANDEL HOUSE PROGRAMME ‘Virtuoso Baroque’
Continuum other members
Born in London, SEBASTIAN COMBERTI studied in Italy with Amedeo Baldovino and later with Derek Simpson and Sidney Griller at the Royal Academy of Music. He was a founder member of the Bochmann Quartet until 1983 when he became principal cello with the London Mozart Players. He plays with a number of chamber groups including Trio Goya and Divertimenti.
A keen interest in historically informed performance has resulted in participation with a great many of London’s period instrument groups, appearing as principal cello and soloist with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Hanover Band.
As a member of several chamber groups he has recorded for CRD, EMI, Harmonia Mundi, Hyperion, Meridian, Phoenix and RCA and CPO. In April 2001 Sebastian Comberti founded the Cd label Cello Classics, devoted to recordings of rare repertoire and artists, himself releasing several Cds of sonatas by Boccherini, Stephen Paxton and early 19th Century works with fortepiano, and concertos by Haydn and Zumsteeg with the OAE
MICHAEL OVERBURY was awarded an Organ Scholarship to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he read music and studied the organ with Gillian Weir. Harpsichord tuition continued with Kenneth Gilbert. After graduating he was successively, an assisting organ scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, Assistant Organist at New College, Oxford, a deputy organist and choir master at the Cathedral and Abbey Church at St Alban’s, Director of Music at Eagle House Preparatory School for Boys, and Master of the Song School at Newark, Nottinghamshire. After winning First Prize in the 1982 Manchester International Organ Competition, he appeared twice as soloist at the Royal Festival Hall and has continued to play with numerous choirs and orchestras, including Sinfonia Viva (formerly the East of England Orchestra), the Wren Orchestra, the Orchestra of St John’s Smith Square, the Milton Keynes Chamber orchestra, and English Sinfonia, and has featured on several recordings, including four solo discs. Michael is currently Director of Music of the Priory Church of Our Lady & S Cuthbert, Worksop, a founder member of Mvsica Donvm Dei, playing on period instruments mainly in the East Midlands, and is Director of Music of the Nottingham Boys Choir.