All music requires is an open mind and heart on the part of the listener, and that can’t be forced.
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.