We absolutely adore the blended sound of our renaissance instruments which sound like a magnificent organ when played together, especially in church-like acoustics. We also enjoy playing new arrangements and introducing audiences to contemporary music, and finding ways to connect all these elements for a concert programme.
I think my role – which really is only actually needed when there are more musicians than could comfortably work as a chamber ensemble – is to passionately interpret the composer’s intentions by having a considered and researched view of the music, then organising and motivating the performers to achieve that.
Sometimes I would like to revisit a piece I haven’t played in years, as I often find these come out in a more refreshed way, but other times I just play what I have been learning or simply something which I enjoy playing and sharing with others.
Study the score intensely then play as if you’re improvising.