From 2012 through 2016, Ballo Baroque focused on making the Italian musical repertoire from the first half of the 18th century better known and understood for modern audiences.  The principal objective of Ballo is to create and perform editions of works by composers such as Handel, Scarlatti, Caldara, and Giovanni Battista Bononcini, as well as several lesser known names including Orlandini, and Lotti.  Once the editions are created, the works are presented in performance and recorded. 

Ballo Baroque was comprised of exciting young performers working with some of the world’s top baroque ensembles and orchestras.  Performances were presented at respected London venues including St Martin-in-the-Fields, The National Gallery, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Handel House Museum.

The Ballo Baroque Ensemble was founded in 2012 by Randall Scotting while studying at the Royal College of Music in London.  Having already spent several years researching and sourcing manuscripts for Baroque works in libraries around the world, creating an ensemble seemed the natural extension to begin performing much of this rediscovered music.  In addition to an established operatic performing career, Randall completed his PhD at the Royal College of Music in the Spring of 2018.  As a countertenor, Randall has worked throughout the world with theatres and ensembles including: Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Seattle Opera, il Complesso Barocco; Boston Baroque, Savaria Baroque Orchestra (Hungary); Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto (Italy); Carnegie Hall; New York City Opera; Hobart Baroque (Australia); Fort Worth Opera; The New York Philharmonic; Minnesota Opera; Landestheater Neustrelitz (Germany); Ensemble Quito Barocco (Ecuador) and others.  His operatic and oratorio roles include many by Handel in the works Orlando, Agrippina, Semele, Giulio Cesare, Rinaldo, and Flavio, and others such as Caldara’s oratorio Santo Stefano, Cavalli’s Eliogabalo, and Vivaldi’s il Tigrane.  Recordings include: Ercole sul Termodonte by Vivaldi on DVD, A Water Music by Crabtree, and Santo Stefano by Caldara.

Reviews for Ballo Baroque

Review from Ballo’s concert at the Goettingen Historical Music Series in Germany: They play largely as a sonic unit: they pulsate together in the music, seemingly permeated by one common breath…  Scotting thrilled with the catchy ‘Fammi combattere’ from ‘Orlando’ and was touching with a serious aria from ‘Rodelinda’…  The violinists have their big show with two demanding trio sonatas by violin virtuoso Arcangelo Corelli…

Review from a concert at the London Handel House Museum: I found myself riveted.  Part of the reason for this was Scotting’s gorgeous low notes… but I was also caught by his grasp of the aria’s emotion.  He sang lightly and clearly, but with heart-rending feeling…  Marie van Rhijn played with poise, crispness and grace.  Her skill was most evident during her rendition of an improvised harp solo