The London Harpsichord Ensemble

 | Frances Mason |  Margaret Powell | Ian Clarke | Graham Mayger | Sarah Francis

Oboist and Director - Sarah Francis


The London Harpsichord Ensemble is one of the longest-established instrumental groups in Britain. Since Sarah Francis took over the direction of the Ensemble it has continued to play  at festivals and  music clubs and regularly on the South Bank. The players are especially praised for their musical insight, joie de vivre, and stylish interpretation of 18th century music.

The Ensemble's recordings of Albinoni, Handel and Telemann concertos, now available on Regis Records, have received international acclaim.  They have been frequently broadcast on BBC Radio 3, Classic FM and radio stations worldwide. They are all recommended by the Penguin Guide to  Compact Discs as four-star "key recordings that might be used as the  basis of a personal collection". 
Five players form the nucleus of the ensemble: flute, oboe, violin, cello and harpsichord.  They have a large and varied repertoire of eighteenth century music, of  which a few examples are given here.  They also play contemporary pieces including works that have been composed for them. The group can expand to eight or nine players for concerto programmes.

Members of the Ensemble include:

Graham Mayger flute
Sarah Francis oboe
Frances Mason violin
Margaret Powell cello
Ian Clarke harpsichord
5 players:  flute, oboe, violin, cello & harpsichord
Vivaldi  -  Concerto in F for flute, oboe, violin, cello & harpsichord
Handel  -  Concerto in d minor for oboe, violin, cello & harpsichord
Telemann  -  Paris Quartet in A for flute, violin, cello & harpsichord
Quantz  -  Concerto in D for flute, oboe d'amore & continuo
Bach  -  Sonata in B minor for violin & harpsichord
Telemann  -  Quartet in G for flute, oboe, violin, & continuo Tafelmusik 1
5 players:  flute, oboe, violin, cello & harpsichord
J C Bach  -  Quintet in D for flute, oboe, violin, cello & harpsichord
Vivaldi  -  Trio in C minor for violin, cello & harpsichord
Bach  -  Sonata in G minor for oboe & harpsichord
Lennox Berkeley  -  Concertino for flute, violin, cello & harpsichord
Handel  -  Trio Sonata in B flat for oboe, violin, & continuo
Telemann  -  Concerto a Quattro for flute, oboe, violin, & continuo
8 players:  flute, oboe, two violins, viola, cello, double bass & harpsichord
Albinoni  - Concerto in B flat for oboe & strings
Vivaldi  - Concerto in F for flute & strings
Bach  -  Concerto in A for harpsichord & strings
Telemann  -  Concerto in G for oboe d'amore & strings
Bach  -  Suite in B minor for flute & strings
The Ensemble's 20th Century repertoire includes works by  Addison, Berkeley, Britten, Stephen Dodgson, Gordon Jacob, Walter Leigh and Rubbra.


Heritage Music, a new label featuring British artists, have recently reissued the Albinoni, Handel and Telemann Concertos in a 
boxed set. 

These are still available as singles 
with Regis. 


Read the review


Albinoni Oboe Concertos, Opp 7 & 9
Sarah Francis (oboe) London Harpsichord Ensemble

Formerly Regis RRC 1095
Now reissued on Heritage - HTGCD274

"I find it nearly impossible to believe that these concertos could be given more musical readings than these." AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE

"This playing gave me uninterrupted pleasure from start to finish." 

Handel Oboe Concertos and Sonatas
Sonata for oboe and two violins
Sarah Francis (oboe) London Harpsichord Ensemble

Formerly Regis RRC 1106
Now reissued on Heritage - HTGCD278

"A collection that easily leads the field." PENGUIN GUIDE TO COMPACT DISCS 
Telemann Concertos for oboe & oboe d'amore; Triple Concerto for flute, oboe d'amore and viola d'amore
Sarah Francis, Graham Mayger, Elizabeth Watson
Regis Vol I RRC 1118,  Vol II RRC 1119, 2CD set RRC2057
"Sarah Francis plays here with intense ardour, while elsewhere her dance derived movements have fresh springy rhythms."

Regis: or usual record shops


Recordings by The London Harpsichord Ensemble can be bought on-line at


All enquiries should be addressed to:

10 Avenue Road
London N6 5DW
United Kingdom

Telephone: +44 (0)20 8340 5461

Fax: +44 (0)20 8347 5907


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